The internet has been abuzz with controversy surrounding Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports, and his cocaine video.
During a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Portnoy discussed his rocky relationship with ESPN and mentioned former president John Skipper, whose resignation from the company has been linked to an extortion attempt related to his cocaine use.
This discussion has sparked a debate about substance abuse and the stigma surrounding drug use in certain industries.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the events leading up to Skipper’s resignation and the larger issue of drug use in the workplace.
In 2017, Barstool Sports and ESPN collaborated on a new show called Barstool Van Talk. However, after just one episode, ESPN president John Skipper abruptly canceled the show, citing an inability to distance the show from Barstool’s controversial content.
This decision sparked a feud between Skipper and Portnoy, with Portnoy labeling Skipper an enemy and celebrating his unceremonious resignation later that year.
During a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Portnoy discussed his rocky relationship with ESPN and mentioned Skipper’s name.
Rogan was surprised to learn that Skipper had resigned from his position as president of ESPN following a cocaine extortion attempt.
He couldn’t believe that someone would lose their job over something as minor as cocaine use, stating that “the guy did good work, so he likes to do a little coke.”
Rogan also criticized the notion that people in Skipper’s position can’t admit to doing drugs, saying that it’s a stupid world where you must pretend to be a fake person.
Skipper’s departure from ESPN in 2017 was initially attributed to a substance addiction, but months later, he revealed that an extortion attempt led to his resignation.
According to Skipper, someone he bought cocaine from attempted to extort him, which put him and his family at risk.
Skipper disclosed the details to his family, and when he discussed it with Disney CEO Bob Iger, they agreed that Skipper had placed the company in an untenable position and as a result, he should resign.
The discussion on The Joe Rogan Experience about Skipper’s resignation has sparked debate about the consequences of substance abuse and the stigma surrounding drug use in certain industries.
While Rogan may believe that Skipper’s body of work should have kept him employed at ESPN, it’s worth noting that many companies have strict policies against drug use. Employees who violate those policies can face serious consequences.
The controversy surrounding Dave Portnoy’s cocaine video has sparked a larger discussion about the consequences of substance abuse in the workplace.
While it’s important to recognize the stigma surrounding drug use in certain industries, it’s also important to acknowledge the policies that companies have in place to prevent drug use.
John Skipper’s resignation from ESPN serves as a reminder that drug use can have serious consequences for employees, even if they are in positions of power.