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ESPN Personality Who Criticized Gaming Departs Company

After a decade, Colin Cowherd is out at the sports entertainment giant.


ESPN and one of its top personalities, Colin Cowherd--who criticized gaming in a big way back in April--have parted ways. ESPN boss John Skipper announced the news today in a formal statement.

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“We've enjoyed a mutually beneficial run with Colin for over a decade," Skipper said. "He came to national prominence on ESPN with his unique perspective on sports and society. Endings also bring new beginnings, for ESPN and Colin, and we thank him and wish him the best."

No further details regarding Cowherd's departure were announced.

But Cowherd did give his ESPN Radio listeners a clue about the possibility of him leaving the company earlier this year.

Following ESPN's broadcast of a Heroes of the Storm competitive gaming tournament in April, Cowherd lashed out at gaming in general and said he would quit ESPN if he was asked to cover it.

"If ESPN ever forced me to cover that, or do play-by-play, I would quit."

"Somebody lock the basement door at mom's house, and don't let 'em out," he added, referencing the players. "I will quit this network if I am every asked to cover that."

Cowherd is the third high-profile ESPN personality to leave the company this year, following Bill Simmons and Keith Olbermann.

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