Joe Rogan Blasts ESPN Over John Skipper Cocaine Scandal After Learning About It From Dave Portnoy

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Joe Rogan was BAFFLED when he learned this week that former ESPN boss John Skipper famously resigned in 2017 for a substance abuse problem, which turned out to be cocaine.

Actually, scratch that. The popular podcast host was baffled when he heard the name John Skipper at all.

Speaking to Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy, Rogan learned the two truths at the same time, and couldn’t keep his jaw off the floor.

“I don’t know who that is,” Rogan said when Portnoy, who briefly took his Barstool brand to ESPN before a pretty quick divorce. “He had to leave ESPN because of a coke dealer? That’s f*cking so stupid, the guy was doing coke.”

“I think in that world, you can’t even admit you did coke,” Rogan continued. “It’s a stupid world. It’s a stupid world where you have to pretend to be a fake person.”

John Skipper cocaine story shocks Joe Rogan.
John Skipper left ESPN in 2017 and Joe Rogan couldn’t believe the story. (Getty Images)

Joe Rogan stunned by John Skipper cocaine scandal

Skipper shocked the world when he abruptly left ESPN nearly six years ago, citing substance abuse. He later came out and revealed that it was an extortion attempt that ultimately forced him to step away.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter months after he left, Skipper said someone he bought cocaine from attempted to extort him, and that’s why he resigned.

“In December, someone from whom I bought cocaine attempted to extort me,” Skipper said in the 2018 interview. “They threatened me, and I understood immediately that threat put me and my family at risk, and this exposure would put my professional life at risk as well.

“I foreclosed that possibility by disclosing the details to my family, and then when I discussed it with (Disney CEO) Bob (Iger), he and I agreed that I had placed the company in an untenable position and as a result, I should resign.”

Even after hearing the whole story, Rogan wasn’t convinced.

“Jesus Christ! The guy did good work, so he likes to do a little coke,” he said. “27 years at Disney, washed down the toilet for a little coke. Meanwhile, you look at the body of work that he did, did he do a good job? I don’t know.

“But if they kept him f*cking hired for that long I would assume he was doing good work. F*cking knuckleheads.”

Written by Zach Dean

Zach grew up in Florida, lives in Florida, and will never leave Florida ... for obvious reasons. He's a reigning fantasy football league champion, knows everything there is to know about NASCAR, and once passed out (briefly!) during a lap around Daytona. He swears they were going 200 mph even though they clearly were not.


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  1. Sure make Iger look like a bigger douche than he has shown so far. You’d expect a company that extolls their definition of family values would be supportive of their employees and get this high level employee into treatment.

    Hell, even my former employer(retired) has an EAP.

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