ESPN Fires Another Iconic Sports Reporter

Ford Springer | Contributor

The “worldwide leader in sports” has fired another one of their iconic sports reporters.

At the end of last month ESPN laid off about 100 employees, including some notable names that have contributed greatly to the network’s success, but it seems they aren’t done cleaning house just yet. Senior NFL writer John Clayton has been let go after a 23-year career with ESPN, Sporting News reports.

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Seattle-based sports reporter will continue to run his ESPN Radio show, but the local affiliates are not actually owned by ESPN. Clayton will no longer be covering the NFL for ESPN on television and will not be writing for ESPN.com any longer as well.

Clayton started covering sports as a high schooler and was a beat writer for the Pittsburgh Steelers and then the Seattle Seahawks before joining the ESPN team. He was inducted into the writer’s wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

Clayton is one of the most recognizable names of the roughly 100 employees that have been fired in the past month. He joins a list of other notable reporters who have been let go by ESPN including Ed Werder, Adam Caplan, Ashley Fox, Paul Kuharsky and Britt McHenry.

Ford Springer

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