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John Clayton out at ESPN

ESPN has let go of yet another longtime NFL reporter.

John Clayton, who has covered the NFL for ESPN for 23 years, has been laid off, according to Sporting News.

Clayton’s ESPN Radio show in Seattle will remain in place, as the local ESPN Radio affiliates are not actually owned by ESPN. But he is done covering the league for ESPN on television and on ESPN.com.

ESPN is laying off about 100 employees. Clayton joins a list of many laid-off ESPN workers who are recognizable to NFL fans, a list that also includes Adam Caplan, Andrew Brandt, Trent Dilfer, Ed Werder, Britt McHenry, Ashley Fox and Paul Kuharsky.

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  1. twoteamsforlosangeles says: May 31, 2017 9:17 AM

    ESPN….The 2017 version of the Titanic.

    Hopefully, another network gets MNF soon so I can cancel my subscription.

  2. rayjayjohnsonjr says: May 31, 2017 9:18 AM

    I always wondered how he got the job to begin with.

  3. burtmustin says: May 31, 2017 9:19 AM

    Sorry to see him go, but it is an opportunity for him to let his hair down.

  4. 93gravedigger says: May 31, 2017 9:20 AM

    “Mom, I’m done with my segment.” For good this time.

  5. scoops1 says: May 31, 2017 9:20 AM

    Poor John……

    at least he can listen to Slayer now without having to worry about prepping for his ESPN reports

  6. sfsugator says: May 31, 2017 9:20 AM

    when was the last time ESPN actually showed highlights of sports continuously like it used to be??? probably almost 20 years ago. Its a borderline reality tv show with too many talking heads that have an opinion. no thanks.

  7. greenbleeder says: May 31, 2017 9:21 AM

    Loved that commercial with him in the Slayer shirt and long ponytail.

  8. indywilson40 says: May 31, 2017 9:21 AM

    Please let Dan Dakich go.

  9. thekingcoleman says: May 31, 2017 9:23 AM

    damn

  10. crush22 says: May 31, 2017 9:24 AM

    I’m sure he’s not bothered.
    He’s probably tired of all the hip-hop they play 24/7 on there anyway.

  11. blitzinc43 says: May 31, 2017 9:24 AM

    As a close friend of the organization it is sad to see good ol’ Clay gone but he should bounce back quick if he decides to not retire. I see him as a Deadspin or Barstool kind of guy.

  12. finocc82 says: May 31, 2017 9:24 AM

    So let me get this straight, Clayton gets the boot, but Michael and Jemele still have their own show?

  13. bastyboy says: May 31, 2017 9:25 AM

    The real question is, is he elite or not?

  14. angrydave38 says: May 31, 2017 9:27 AM

    -sources say Clayton is likely to land in the local forest, where there is an opening for an owl.

  15. dblack25 says: May 31, 2017 9:28 AM

    Big mistake. He was one of the best. Not sure what is going on at ESPN, but I am selling my stock.

  16. bueller101 says: May 31, 2017 9:28 AM

    Shocking.

  17. bigbuccss says: May 31, 2017 9:28 AM

    Some people were born to be on the radio..

  18. notlistinin says: May 31, 2017 9:29 AM

    Yet somehow that idiot josina Anderson has a job. Smh

  19. ajsjr40 says: May 31, 2017 9:29 AM

    The curse of Deflategate and all the ESPN minions who came in contact with it.

  20. omegalh says: May 31, 2017 9:30 AM

    Selfishly, being from Seattle, this is great news. His morning show is top notch. Best radio show period.

  21. Obi Wan Jablowme says: May 31, 2017 9:31 AM

    I watch ESPN soooo rarely now that I honestly didn’t know he was still there…

  22. araidersfan says: May 31, 2017 9:31 AM

    Being a Raider fan, I naturally like Charles Woodson at ESPN. But aside from C-Wood, the only ESPN NFL analyst that I ever really liked was the late Pete Axthelm (millennials will have to do a google search to find out who he was).

    To John Clayton’s credit, he was different then most of the other ESPN NFL personalities in that I didn’t actively dislike him.

  23. indywilson40 says: May 31, 2017 9:34 AM

    Letting more white people go. Interesting.

  24. indywilson40 says: May 31, 2017 9:34 AM

    Letting more white people go. Interesting.

  25. stairwayto7 says: May 31, 2017 9:35 AM

    Yet another white man is gone!

  26. pwellz says: May 31, 2017 9:36 AM

    “That’s just football.”

  27. kindbass says: May 31, 2017 9:38 AM

    John Clayton looks like he just hatched from an egg.

  28. joeychittwood says: May 31, 2017 9:46 AM

    He wasn’t on the Kaepernick train so he was let go. Another reason to never watch nor listen to ESPN

  29. 700levelvet says: May 31, 2017 9:46 AM

    This is what happens… When you’re so photogenic

  30. mysportsrumors says: May 31, 2017 9:47 AM

    I guess Chip Kelly was hired to be the new G.M. not the college guy.

  31. bitw44 says: May 31, 2017 9:49 AM

    How about we get rid of Jemele Hill and Michael Smith next so we can cancel “THE 6”

  32. prideof10000lakes says: May 31, 2017 9:50 AM

    I’m guessing he didn’t “fit their image” either……

  33. nhpats says: May 31, 2017 9:50 AM

    In other news, the Seahawks are still not planning to sign Colin Kaepernick

  34. seahawkboymike says: May 31, 2017 9:56 AM

    White males with knowledge and insight on America’s favorite sport are no longer required at ESPN.

  35. officialgame says: May 31, 2017 9:57 AM

    Great pic, a kick in the teeth would be an improvement.

  36. feckyerlife says: May 31, 2017 9:57 AM

    LOL its kinda funny, all of the 100 people that ESPN let go are people that lean towards the right in politics. ESPN Showing their true colors finally. good thing i got rid of that trash

  37. santaclarasantaclaus says: May 31, 2017 9:58 AM

    Can we have Sando back too?

  38. redclaw1314 says: May 31, 2017 10:01 AM

    ESPN is in a tailspin—giving people less reason to watch

  39. buckyfan1965 says: May 31, 2017 10:02 AM

    Still laughing thinking back when Sean Salisbury called him the Crypt Keeper.

  40. blackshirtz says: May 31, 2017 10:05 AM

    Sméagol is gone? noooooooooooo……. My precious, you takes it from meeeeeee …..

  41. definitemaybe55 says: May 31, 2017 10:06 AM

    The guy knew what he knew. The people left don’t even know what they “know.”

  42. 345snarkavenue says: May 31, 2017 10:07 AM

    another insider that’s now an outsider, I guess.

    I haven’t watched ESPN or read anything on their website for years….but I did used to like reading Clayton’s articles (well, the ones that weren’t ‘insider’ articles) back in the day.

  43. pushingiron says: May 31, 2017 10:10 AM

    Yet Stephen A. Smith remains employed?

  44. ovaw8lova says: May 31, 2017 10:11 AM

    I will miss that little piece of saliva that adhere’s to Clayton’s bottom lip when he provides his eloquent team assessments. Everything must come to an end at some point.

  45. phinsfan66 says: May 31, 2017 10:11 AM

    Why would they keep him?! He is one of the only people who actually has some talent and doesn’t act like he is auditioning for the Comedy Channel when speaking. ESPN is a joke. I can’t even watch Sports Center anymore. Can anyone tell me the last time one of those hacks actually uttered a sentence during a highlight with throwing out a one liner in a feeble attempt to generate a laugh??!! I don’t need a stand up comedian every time they show a highlight!!

  46. trefkennedy says: May 31, 2017 10:12 AM

    Black lives matter, CowboysNation

  47. rmosss says: May 31, 2017 10:15 AM

    ESPN is on a mission…??? mission, but a mission…I understand you at times have to release people for business purposes…but WHO they’ve released and who they’ve kept is just brain freezing! And no excuses given to the “fans” of the released! Some of these released have created a fan base. Many of them, not all, do really good work and are thorough. ESPN should explain…don’t have to but please…It’s like every other week a shocking execution…

  48. MeSoProudy says: May 31, 2017 10:16 AM

    Little known fact: John Clayton is in fact only 32 years old

  49. beachsidejames says: May 31, 2017 10:16 AM

    Me.. I like Clayton. ESPN has got some issues that’s for sure.

  50. nitzie says: May 31, 2017 10:17 AM

    He’s got his “Tales from the Crypt” royalties to fall back on.

  51. scarletmacaw says: May 31, 2017 10:17 AM

    So long Tarzan.

  52. ibottpsgoldpants says: May 31, 2017 10:17 AM

    So they are keeping two journalists who suck at their jobs and have basically 360 days to prep (Kiper and McShay) and are getting rid of quality talented reporters who actually work for a living like Clayton. Huh?

    And 23 years of employment then laid off. Ouch, that’s harsh.

    ESPN needs to reinvent itself and start broadcasting sports again (even lesser known ones). With Twitter and other social media outlets, by the time Sportscenter comes on, everyone has already seen the highlights. It’s becoming like the newspaper, a thing of the past.

  53. juanweiner says: May 31, 2017 10:18 AM

    Spike Jones didnt report this, FAKE NEWS!

  54. regassert6 says: May 31, 2017 10:18 AM

    The next cost cutting step for ESPN might to literally let fans be the satellite reporters.

  55. drakost says: May 31, 2017 10:18 AM

    Makes sense. He was an actual reporter who reported sport news. Can’t have that on ESPN!

  56. codiablo says: May 31, 2017 10:21 AM

    One more “goofy” ESPN commercial to throw in the trash bin…what happened, those commercials made that place look so happy…whhhaaa?

    Clayton was solid, NFL network should make their move.

  57. TheCommish says: May 31, 2017 10:21 AM

    Farewell, Skeletor.

  58. knew8411 says: May 31, 2017 10:23 AM

    One of VERY FEW ESPN guys I liked….I see that as one less reason to listen to anything on their networks.

  59. somehomer says: May 31, 2017 10:23 AM

    As a close friend of the “organization” I never remove mattress tags

  60. joenash72 says: May 31, 2017 10:24 AM

    He’s John Clayton, Dammit 😉

    Sacrilege!

  61. sportnorcal says: May 31, 2017 10:24 AM

    At least they got Chip Kelly to replace him.

  62. patrpatton says: May 31, 2017 10:25 AM

    This sucks and Ryen Russillo is still on the air … How that guy gets a radio show is beyond me.

  63. tylawspick6 says: May 31, 2017 10:25 AM

    Has this guy gotten laid yet?

  64. lowesislander says: May 31, 2017 10:32 AM

    I didn’t know that smokin’ hot Britt McHenry also lost her job. I hope she finds a new job in television and doesn’t end up as a Walmart cashier.

  65. 345snarkavenue says: May 31, 2017 10:37 AM

    Has Rex set Rob up with a job there yet?

  66. winged warrior says: May 31, 2017 10:40 AM

    IDIOTS !!!!

  67. wildinminny says: May 31, 2017 10:40 AM

    Clayton is out, and sheffter still has a job. Ridiculous. How much nicer would it be to never have to see sheffter and joe buck again?

  68. motleytrap says: May 31, 2017 10:43 AM

    One of their longest tenured employees would have one of their highest salaries.

    Bailing water.

  69. raiderrob21 says: May 31, 2017 10:43 AM

    He will be a great addition to the NFL Network if he chooses to continue. Caplan would also be a nice addition.

  70. pcarnette says: May 31, 2017 10:47 AM

    John Clayton has a face for radio, so this is only surprising in that it has taken this long for it to happen.

  71. bannedfromchoirpractice says: May 31, 2017 10:48 AM

    He’d been there for 23 years? I would’ve guessed a hundred.

  72. 19dead2 says: May 31, 2017 10:50 AM

    The Professor just lost his tenure

  73. ninerfan81 says: May 31, 2017 10:51 AM

    Somewhere Sean Salisbury is pleased…

  74. jdbaker01 says: May 31, 2017 10:51 AM

    I will miss the cat and mouse game he always played with the ponytail. Will he now finally admit he has one?

  75. subotai1 says: May 31, 2017 10:53 AM

    Tales from the crypt…(adjusts tie). Seriously though this is a huge blow to lose a guy like him. Espn is becoming more unwatchable as the days go by.

  76. pleazenufalready says: May 31, 2017 10:53 AM

    Oh boy! …more airtime for that jackass, Steven A.

  77. rankster1950 says: May 31, 2017 10:57 AM

    The professor. Wtf. Pittsburgh guy who wrote for the Pittsburgh press years ago. Busted Chuck Noll for having practice with pads during during spring workouts

  78. rankster1950 says: May 31, 2017 11:01 AM

    ESPN is basketball oriented so the white man gotta go lol

  79. AFT Editor says: May 31, 2017 11:01 AM

    Clayton is one of the only guys that when you listen to a loca sports l radio station and they have him come on you know he is a credible source. Good guy and deserves better than ESPN.

  80. krm62015 says: May 31, 2017 11:02 AM

    He was probably let go because he did not agree with that Seth Wickersham article last week. Mainly questioning the unnamed sources on his phone among other things. That piece was the piece ESPN was hoping to get more traction from and it failed.

  81. schmitty2 says: May 31, 2017 11:05 AM

    The issue here is ESPN is trying to appeal to what they think is todays demographics. This is why their programming has become a combination of Comedy/Central and Yo MTV raps. They are failing to realize there are a ton of viewers that actually like hearing good reporting on issues like injuries, X’s and O’s, etc. And trust me I’m not trying to make this racial but I find it highly suspect that they let good reporters go like John Clayton and Ed Werder yet keep blowhards who bring nothing to the table like Michael and Jamele, Josina Anderson, and Stephan A Smith.

  82. TheVikingsHaveHowManySBTrophys? says: May 31, 2017 11:05 AM

    Clayton is one of my favs. Sorry to see him go.

  83. truths4all says: May 31, 2017 11:06 AM

    Isn’t Clayton the guy who kept pushing the Fake News about Brady and his alleged deflated balls?

    Scientifically, Deflategate goes against the Laws of Science and panders to VooDoo nonsense as well as the NFL’s arbitrary and illogical fantasy world that Goodell has created and maintains.

  84. Brinke Guthrie says: May 31, 2017 11:07 AM

    No Werder or Clayton. Who’s gonna do the reporting?

  85. benfranklinshat says: May 31, 2017 11:07 AM

    The only guy worth listening to on ESPN

  86. realfootballfan says: May 31, 2017 11:10 AM

    Surprised he lasted this long as Schefter pretty much does the same job and does it better. I also recall when Schefter got hired everyone saying good riddance to both him and Mort, but now 5 years later I’m sure everyone in these comments was a big fan in hindsight and haven’t noticed that his role on the network greatly diminished the last few years.

  87. ontherocks1964 says: May 31, 2017 11:17 AM

    He’s been “mailing it in” for years. He stopped doing his homework on teams a long time ago and really knows only as much about the current NFL as any numbskull with an internet connection.

  88. terripet says: May 31, 2017 11:21 AM

    Best reporter they had

  89. intoxicatedpedestrian says: May 31, 2017 11:23 AM

    Guess he didn’t pass muster with the Disney PC inquisitors. Time to merge BSPN with CNN. Probably didn’t help that he is a “Pittsburgh guy”.

  90. jimbo75025 says: May 31, 2017 11:30 AM

    Shame. ESPN rapidly going even further down the tubes.

    Clayton at least has plenty of time for meatloaf now I guess.

  91. jags2daship says: May 31, 2017 11:33 AM

    ESPN are just about as bad of scumbags as the people running this liberal trash site.

  92. bradjames33160 says: May 31, 2017 11:37 AM

    ESPN doesn’t care about sports fans.

  93. thun5der says: May 31, 2017 11:40 AM

    good, he is an arrogant little troll, ba-bye

  94. bondlake says: May 31, 2017 11:45 AM

    Hooray!

    The guy was better than a sleeping pill.

  95. dbarnes67 says: May 31, 2017 11:47 AM

    ESPN will probably give Kap a job. Other than an occasional baseball game, I don’t watch the channel anymore.

  96. joetoronto says: May 31, 2017 11:48 AM

    The poor guy has a face made for radio.

  97. dwoofer says: May 31, 2017 11:51 AM

    Glad to see Mr. Seahawks go. Hope KTAR in Phoenix can break their crush on him and stop inviting him on their morning sports show for his weekly blithering about his Seahawks love affair.

  98. heymister24 says: May 31, 2017 12:01 PM

    The question is, will CNN let kathie griffin go?

  99. richdogg231 says: May 31, 2017 12:08 PM

    Somewhere in the world Sean Salisbury is cheering.

  100. tommyribs says: May 31, 2017 12:09 PM

    A good guy that does a great job at what he does.

    It really is a shame that the folks in charge at ESPN made a series of horrendous decisions forcing many people at ESPN out of a job.

    And not just the High Priced big names, lots of regular old people like you and I.

  101. jimcasterson says: May 31, 2017 12:11 PM

    I can’t wait for ESPN to get rid of loud mouth Wendy Nix.

  102. ravensrooster94 says: May 31, 2017 12:13 PM

    Well, I think that sucks. I really enjoyed his insight, news, and analysis. And I’m a Ravens fan.

  103. hawksfansince77 says: May 31, 2017 12:18 PM

    Lets can all the true sports reporters and put on Michael Smith and Jemele Hill. ESPN wonders why they are tanking in the ratings.

  104. k0mbucha says: May 31, 2017 12:23 PM

    Interesting that alot of comments posted bring in race over the firing of The Crypt Keeper as Sean Salisbury called Clayton like the poor white guy’s are targeted which is utterly laughable. When in fact that entire cesspool of a network needs to be taken of air.

  105. montrealraider says: May 31, 2017 12:29 PM

    Must have had a big cap number with his seniority. I will keep listening to him on Sirius when I can I like him.

  106. harrisonhits2 says: May 31, 2017 12:32 PM

    Back in 2004 the last time I even watched the worldwide joke of sportscasting, Clayton was terrible.

    He picked the Pats to lose every single game that year as they went on to go 14-2 and win the Super Bowl. Why? Because he thought every week “they’re just due for a loss”

    He’s an idiot.

  107. fwippel says: May 31, 2017 12:32 PM

    What remains to be seen is if ESPN will actually figure out why this is happening. When you start injecting politics into sports, you’re bound to upset at least half your audience.

    Like Michael Jordan (big political lefty) used to say: “Republicans buy sneakers too”. Well, Republicans and conservatives used to watch and listen to ESPN.

  108. firecracker87 says: May 31, 2017 12:35 PM

    Ashley Fox was also let go? A woman? Wow, why isn’t there a story about ESPN discriminating against women?

    /sarc

  109. wimpyburgers says: May 31, 2017 12:40 PM

    I quit watching ESPN years ago. I listen to Clayton as many times in the day as he is on.
    Screw the corporations

  110. whispersd says: May 31, 2017 12:44 PM

    “Hopefully, another network gets MNF soon so I can cancel my subscription.”

    I didn’t wait. And last season the MNF games were awful. But they look better this season.

    Clayton is better than a lot of the people ESPN is keeping. ESPN has really deteriorated in the past three years.

  111. randy33872 says: May 31, 2017 12:45 PM

    Maybe he can return to his first job….flying paper airplanes with Foghorn Leghorn…..

  112. xme410 says: May 31, 2017 12:48 PM

    When ESPN broadcasts college basketball games, the announcers are in Bristol watching the game on a monitor and announcing the game. They started doing this a couple years ago to “save money”, by not having travel expenses for announcers. This network is circling the bowl as the flush handle has already been pulled.

  113. katzswisdom says: May 31, 2017 12:56 PM

    Another REAL journalist shown the door at ESPN…..meanwhile we are left with Stephen A, Max Kellerman, Jemele Hill, Michael Smith, and Ryen Russillo, and Heather Storm……..YUUUUCKKK!!!

    I too don’t understand why ESPN puts such an importance on the archaic and outdated Sports Center—gee, even the sports segments on the local news shows the same highlights, but ESPN prefers that instead of show with REAL REPORTING and REAL JOURANLISTS! It seems ESPN prefers loud mouth no nothings spouting and promoting personal agendas!!!! Prediction—their ratings will continue to tank—

  114. rvaskins says: May 31, 2017 12:58 PM

    What is this ESPN that you speak of?

  115. thegreatjimbrown says: May 31, 2017 12:59 PM

    “White males with knowledge and insight on America’s favorite sport are no longer required at ESPN.”

    Well since they just hired Chip Kelly, I think this is a baseless whine.

  116. unbreakable02215 says: May 31, 2017 1:05 PM

    Couldn’t take Trey Wingo with him huh ?

  117. lukedunphysscienceproject says: May 31, 2017 1:06 PM

    Didn’t fit the current ESPN mold of loud mouthed, clueless ex-player who delivers hot takes by the second without a shred of information.

    At some point, ESPN decided they wanted their NFL coverage to be patterned after the WWE. Been downhill since then.

  118. ihavenoeyedeer says: May 31, 2017 1:06 PM

    Britt McHenry

    LOL

  119. ninerdynasty says: May 31, 2017 1:13 PM

    good, was sick of his Seahawks biased opinions

  120. thirdistheworrd says: May 31, 2017 1:16 PM

    As long as Erin Andrews is around I’m still an ESPN fan.

  121. alphafantasyfootball says: May 31, 2017 1:17 PM

    Chip Kelly and Rex Ryan….they are looking for the audience that will tune in cause they need to look at a car accident as they drive by. Once Disney stops funding ESPN the entire network will go away

  122. royalitalianarmy says: May 31, 2017 1:23 PM

    In a few years I’m sure they’re going to have Van Jones and Symone Sanders covering “Sports”.

  123. steeelfann0155 says: May 31, 2017 1:29 PM

    ESPN deserves every single thing they get. They have become a political leftist machine and not firing Britt McHenry after she verbally assaulted that poor woman at the towing company made me stop watching Sports Center or any other ESPN trash.

  124. genericcommenter says: May 31, 2017 1:38 PM

    There were many minorities and liberals fired. A lot of people are just cherry picking that part. Also, if you hold up someone like Curt Schilling as a conservative icon, you have really low standards. Then again it’s bizarro world where fake-conservatives support bilking tax payers out of tens of millions of dollars and seizing homes from widows to give to failed casino developers. Of course, you are right when you say a lot of terrible people are staying, included some high earners who would have been logical cuts.

  125. kemp13 says: May 31, 2017 1:41 PM

    All the good talent ESPN has let go, yet they continue to air Stephen A. Smith and that abysmally awful & unwatchable SC6 show.

  126. thetooloftools says: May 31, 2017 1:41 PM

    I am just DONE with ESPN. They overpaid for sports broadcast fees for everything and then cannibalized the on air talent to save money? Now they will bring in some “fresh faces” with ZERO talent (but work really cheap) and tell us how great they are.
    Pure scum move.

  127. genericcommenter says: May 31, 2017 1:45 PM

    crush22 says:
    May 31, 2017 9:24 AM
    I’m sure he’s not bothered.
    He’s probably tired of all the hip-hop they play 24/7 on there anyway.
    ———————————————————
    Stop projecting your own biases and applying them to people you don’t know.

    “Whom do you follow on Twitter that would surprise people?
    P. Diddy and a bunch of rappers. That would probably surprise a lot of people.” – John Clayton, New York Times interview

  128. tformation says: May 31, 2017 1:58 PM

    Stupid, stupid, STUPID move by ESPN.

    Clayton was the only analyst on that network I respected. The only one who’s articles I sought out and devoured on ESPN’s site. No reason to go to espn.com at all now.

    Sorry, John. I’ll still read your articles, wherever they appear.

  129. smoov513 says: May 31, 2017 2:23 PM

    You white guys sense of entitlement is amazing and sad at the same time. Yes there were a lot of white people that were fired because the majority of people who worked at ESPN are white.

    The racism is strong in this comment section, but it’s good to see how people really feel especially when they feel threatened or have to deal with an unexpected change.

    Who knew John Clayton had so many racist fan boys…

  130. Rolo Tomassi says: May 31, 2017 2:26 PM

    John Clatyon hates the Bears like all of ESPIN
    Good riddance

  131. peoriaviking says: May 31, 2017 2:29 PM

    Truly a “face for radio” if there ever was one.

  132. rambutt says: May 31, 2017 2:40 PM

    Please let Trey Wingo be next. His act is as old as it gets.

  133. patsfan2884 says: May 31, 2017 2:42 PM

    ESPN Is The Sports Version Impact Wrestling A Sinking Ship Put Them Out Of It’s Misery Already

  134. drednot says: May 31, 2017 2:45 PM

    It is no secret that he and Chris Mortenson didn’t get along. I wonder if that had something to do with this?

  135. usedjock says: May 31, 2017 3:10 PM

    patrpatton says:
    May 31, 2017 10:25 AM

    This sucks and Ryen Russillo is still on the air … How that guy gets a radio show is beyond me.

    I agree but he is very safe in his job. He is all NBA all the time guy and with ESPN these days that is the way to keep your job.

  136. motleytrap says: May 31, 2017 3:16 PM

    “As long as Erin Andrews is around I’m still an ESPN fan.”

    LOL. I’ve got news for ya.

  137. thirdand43 says: May 31, 2017 3:18 PM

    Somewhere in some remote rainforest mental asylum, Sean Salisbury is happy.

  138. ihavenoeyedeer says: May 31, 2017 3:20 PM

    I enjoy listening to John Clayton. He’s been on Sirius NFL channel recently…hopefully that turns into a full time gig.

  139. greggallmansliver says: May 31, 2017 3:24 PM

    We’re our own worst enemy. ESPN extended ‘sports entertainment’ to include it’s studio hosts, reporters etc. They became characters and we loved it. With all of the different media channels now available, most notably social media, the markets are saturated with people trying to distinguish themselves with their “take” on a particular subject and the subjects are 1,000 fold what they were ten years ago. Solid guys like Clayton that dig and do the dirty work, stick to the facts and develop relationships are unfortunately outliers now.

  140. dxfiler says: May 31, 2017 3:36 PM

    Maybe I’m in the minority but i never cared for him. He came off as smug and used ‘sources’ more than anyone, despite him being out of touch with the league and wrong more and more in recent years. Also he was a Peyton Manning over Brady guy right up until the end, so just hard to take him setiously. That and the commercials LOL

  141. phinatic29 says: May 31, 2017 3:36 PM

    one of my favorite senior NFL insiders at ESPN for years. I always thought he told the story the right way, without trying to hype it into something it wasn’t.

    But look Stephen A Smith and Jalen Rose still have jobs at ESPN? those guys are awful.

  142. ramit1 says: May 31, 2017 3:52 PM

    I now like John Clayton more than I already did. I would dislike espn more than I already did, but that is not possible.

  143. bongwaterwally says: May 31, 2017 3:55 PM

    I liked Clayton. However, he had been there a long time, was making good bank, and was probably deemed to old to that all important 18-30 years of age demographics that most companies covet.

  144. bongwaterwally says: May 31, 2017 4:01 PM

    ESPN is owned by Disney. The Slayer/pony tail add was too much for Disney and ol’ Walt. Thanks for everything John.

  145. itswhereyourmindsat says: May 31, 2017 4:30 PM

    Now get rid of ryan clark, damian woody, and eduardo perez

  146. b45290 says: May 31, 2017 5:03 PM

    The morale at ESPN must be sky high now. Maybe they can remake the movie “Up in the Air” in Bristol.

  147. otheirony says: May 31, 2017 5:24 PM

    Michael and Jamele just might be the worst show on TV. How can it still be on?

    Don’t watch ESPN anymore. They ruined a good thing there by pandering to the PC crowd.

  148. sjl61470 says: May 31, 2017 5:35 PM

    he can always go back to being a guidance counselor, m’kay.

  149. TD Hawk says: May 31, 2017 6:23 PM

    Sorry to hear about people losing their jobs but ESPN is bloated. I’ve never heard of most of those you just listed because I have this thing called a life and don’t watch ESPN 24/7. (Maybe I’m not their audience?)

  150. boca12 says: May 31, 2017 6:26 PM

    well..he lives in Seattle and has studio in his home…the Prof has a contact list a mile long and always knows more than the next guy…or next hundred guys… wish you well prof~~~ tap ‘er light.

  151. mistrezzrachael says: May 31, 2017 6:53 PM

    Next to be let go…the moron…LEBATARD

    And after him…Polian

    Get some people in there w/knowledge and abilty to communicate facts

  152. ZombieVikings says: May 31, 2017 7:24 PM

    Count me out at ESPN too……they let all the good old reporters go..and left us with…….a burning trash pile.

  153. sfsaintsfan says: May 31, 2017 7:45 PM

    ESPN is a JOKE of an organization.

    They bought the stupid Bountygate garbage the NFL was selling.

    They bought the bogus Deflategate garbage the NFL was selling.

    They have fired about 90% of the people at the network who knew anything about sports and they have retained a bunch of talking head blowhards who don’t know jack about sports.

    I used to be a fairly loyal watcher of the four letter network, know as ESPN. Now I don’t watch that JOKE of a network anymore. What a disgrace.

    ESPN = JOKE

    The new name for the four letter network.

  154. canedaddy says: May 31, 2017 9:29 PM

    I’d love to see photos of all you goobers mocking his physical appearance. I’m sure you’re all male models.

    We’ll miss you, Professor.

  155. RM says: May 31, 2017 11:30 PM

    I wonder if ESPN is done filming the “This is SportsCenter” ad campaign? Hmm…

  156. carl lafong says: Jun 1, 2017 9:26 AM

    Sorry to see him go.

  157. itssocoldinthed says: Jun 1, 2017 11:57 AM

    He’s better off

  158. norcalcard says: Jun 1, 2017 3:22 PM

    “smoov513 says:
    May 31, 2017 2:23 PM

    You white guys sense of entitlement is amazing and sad at the same time. Yes there were a lot of white people that were fired because the majority of people who worked at ESPN are white.

    The racism is strong in this comment section, but it’s good to see how people really feel especially when they feel threatened or have to deal with an unexpected change.

    Who knew John Clayton had so many racist fan boys…”

    You think that’s something, can you even imagine the kind of people who like Stephen A. Smith?

    Besides, is it really racists to wonder why an actual journalist is let go, while an unprofessional bigot like Stephen A. Smith, with no sports knowledge, who is paid to have sports debates, who thinks yelling the same uniformed opinion louder makes a real counter point?

    Or is it just plain obvious right before our very eyes, what is going on?

    Let me give you a hint..ESPN wants to attract younger liberal audiences, that want to be “entertained” rather then informed.

    Make of that what you will…

  159. smoov513 says: Jun 2, 2017 10:39 AM

    norcalcard says:
    Jun 1, 2017 3:22 PM

    You think that’s something, can you even imagine the kind of people who like Stephen A. Smith?

    Besides, is it really racists to wonder why an actual journalist is let go, while an unprofessional bigot like Stephen A. Smith, with no sports knowledge, who is paid to have sports debates, who thinks yelling the same uniformed opinion louder makes a real counter point?

    Or is it just plain obvious right before our very eyes, what is going on?

    Let me give you a hint..ESPN wants to attract younger liberal audiences, that want to be “entertained” rather then informed.

    Make of that what you will…
    ________________________________________

    So many questions…

    1.What does Stephen A. Smith have to do with John Clayton being laid off?

    2.Are you blaming him for John Clayton losing his job?

    3.How do you know ESPN’s marketing strategy?

    4.Do you truly understand the definition of racism and difference between racism, bigotry, and prejudice?

    I really don’t understand your “logic” or basis for your argument. As for Stephen A. Smith, I’m not the biggest fan. I think he’s a loudmouth guy that thinks that whomever talks the loudest is right, but to say he’s not a real journalist is just wrong.

    He worked as a sports journalist for 20 years before he started doing TV and radio, and he played college sports. Don’t let your hate from him cloud you of the facts, to rational people it makes you seem a bit unhinged.

    I don’t see how Smith is a racist though, maybe you can provide some proof him being racist besides the opinions you have made up in head.

    How

  160. veracityguy says: Jun 2, 2017 11:56 AM

    Sports Center went from being one of my favorite shows years ago to me hardly watching it anymore. I know I am not alone with ts evaluation either. If ESPN wants to fix their budget, fire the guy that’s in charge of Sports Center and make it like it was 10 years ago.

  161. vikingcheesegrater says: Jun 2, 2017 2:09 PM

    ESPN used to be a SPORTS network. If they would spend less time pushing their leftist political agenda, maybe they wouldn’t be losing so many subscribers, and they also wouldn’t need to be laying off so many staff members.

  162. bradygirl12 says: Jun 2, 2017 6:45 PM

    Someone else will snag him. He’s one of the better football guys.

  163. bradygirl12 says: Jun 2, 2017 6:53 PM

    So basically,all ESPN has for programming is shows with two people with opposing views yelling at and arguing with each other. Not my cup of tea,even when they came out with PTI. I miss Sportscenter,which is now a thing of the past.

  164. bamboozle99 says: Jun 3, 2017 6:17 PM

    I had no idea John Clayton had this many fans, apparently his useless injury reports will be missed dearly.

  165. 13whitebread says: Jun 5, 2017 1:06 AM

    How about this keep John Clayton and stop shoving kieth oberlman down are throats. He sucks his catch phrases suck and I will not watch anything he is apart of cut him loose espn and NBC

  166. silvernblacksabbath says: Jun 7, 2017 12:55 PM

    ESPN is becoming the new MTV.. In 5 years, will they even show sports???

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