Jason Whitlock and ESPN Part Ways

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The ESPN exodus continued Sunday, with the talented, controversial and recently demoted Jason Whitlock parting ways with the company, according to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated. ESPN bought out Whitlock’s contract says Deitsch, continuing a trend of high-profile departures from the network.

Whitlock lasted barely two years into his second stint with the company. He returned in August of 2013 to head a site eventually named The Undefeated (but one that had been developed under the working title “Black Grantland,” a reference to how Whitlock’s site would focus on the convergence of race and sport while featuring the same sort of thoughtful, in-depth pieces that often appeared on the site founded by Bill Simmons). Despite some marquee hires, such as Mike Wise of The Washington Post, the site still hasn’t launched — it’s been like ESPN’s version of Chinese Democracy or Detox — and this summer, Whitlock was replaced at the top by Leon Carter, a writer with the website’s New York branch.

In a circulated statement, ESPN was terse in describing its split with Whitlock who, for what it’s worth, was the most watchable guest host on Pardon The Interruption:

 

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Source: USA Today Sports | Chris Chase