Hours before the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams met in the Super Bowl, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported that ESPN employee Adnan Virk had been fired by the network for allegedly leaking confidential company information. In the week following the report, details around the firing have remained mum.
Virk was allegedly accused of leaking stories to the site Awful Announcing before his contract was terminated. The versatile anchor had just signed a multi-year deal with the Worldwide Leader prior to his firing.
On Tuesday night, Virk released a statement addressing ESPN's decision to fire him. In the statement he denied leaking confidential information.
"Much of what has been reported about my termination from ESPN is false and, I think, defamatory...Suffice it to say, that I believe that I did nothing wrong that would justify my termination and I categorically deny that I leaked any confidential or proprietary information," he said.
The full statement can be read below.
Virk mentioned that he, his lawyers and ESPN are hoping to reach an agreement.
Virk handled a number or duties including in the network's MLB and college football coverage. Now the company will be looking for his replacement while Virk fights to clear his name.