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First Bill Simmons, now Jason Whitlock.
ESPN has dropped Jason Whitlock as editor-in-chief of a forthcoming stand-alone website, The Undefeated, the sports network said in a statement on Friday.
Unlike Simmons — who was booted as editor-in-chief of the pop culture-focused Grantland when ESPN decided in May not to renew his contract — Whitlock will remain at the network. The site’s executive editor, Leon Carter, will step up to the leadership role.
“Jason Whitlock will now be entirely focused on what he does best: creating distinctive and compelling content, which will live across various ESPN platforms. Jason’s thought-provoking perspective has always been a hallmark of his work and this will allow him to completely devote his time and energy to that,” the statement on ESPN’s press site read. “As a result, he will make significant contributions to multiple ESPN entities and programs.”
The ouster arrives in the wake of a withering Deadspin expose on Whitlock, which was published on April 27. The story purported to share documents from the editor’s “playbook” and vision for the in-development The Undefeated site, which will center on race and sports.
Whitlock rejoined ESPN in 2013 from Fox Sports, where he had written since 2006.
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