Former ESPN fan-favorite Kenny Mayne departed from the company on somewhat uncomfortable and uncertain terms.
The Worldwide Leader was clearly afraid of his political leanings and what he might say in the future. In a wide-ranging interview with The Ringer, Mayne discussed his exit from the network as it shifted away from politics.
“They were clearly threatening some of us, me particularly,” said Mayne. He even said that he made it on some sort of “watch list” for employees who made their politic presence felt on social media.
Mayne also told The Ringer he was “definitely on the watch list. They told me so: ‘There’s a group of people that watch your Twitter.’”
But that’s not all. ESPN’s executive senior vice president Norby Williamson openly questioned why Mayne needed to talk about politics in the first place.
Mayne also recalled Williamson asking him one time, “Why do you have to do the politics?” And he replied, “Because I have four daughters and a wife and I want to look at myself in the mirror.”
Despite ESPN’s attempts to stop employees from commenting on politics, many viewers think the network is too political itself.
Kenny Mayne seems to be doing just fine with ESPN.