Following Maria Taylor’s Departure, Veteran Journalist LZ Granderson Announces Exodus From ESPN After 17 Years

Maria Taylor’s recent exodus from ESPN has drawn attention to a disturbing pattern of exceptional Black talent departing from the network on questionable terms. In recent years, we’ve seen familiar names like Amin Elhassan, Michael Smith, Cari Champion, Jemele Hill and others exit the network in favor of more supportive work environments.

“There’s not been one Black person—that’s been on air and that I can think of right now—that’s not gone through hell at ESPN,” said former SportsCenter host Mike Hill, who spent nine years at the network.

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And as the dominoes continue to fall, veteran journalist LZ Granderson took to Instagram to announce his own departure from “the worldwide leader in sports” after 17 years of duty. In doing so, he offered an honest assessment of his lengthy tenure: “ESPN is not the same company it was when I started and I’m not the same man.”


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ESPN’s Kenny Mayne stunned by reaction to his departure

ESPN anchor Kenny Mayne, who announced last week that he will be leaving SportsCenter later this month, will participate in a Rebel Caravan event called “Quarterback Corner” at noon Thursday, the school announced Monday

Mayne, a former backup quarterback at UNLV, will join Rebels football coach Marcus Arroyo and athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois along with other former UNLV quarterbacks Steve Stallworth and Jason Thomas to talk about playing the position.

Those interested in watching can register at

Earlier Monday, Mayne wrote for the Los Angeles Times that he was blown away by the reaction after

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Kenny Mayne Reveals Details From His ESPN Departure

Kenny Mayne on ESPN.

Kenny Mayne on ESPN.

On Monday, longtime ESPN anchor and host Kenny Mayne announced he was leaving the company after nearly three decades on the air.

In his announcement, Mayne referred to himself as a “salary cap casualty.” Now, we have an idea of just how much the veteran television personality was asked to give up.

Last night, Mayne spoke with Richard Deitsch of The Athletic about his decision to leave the Worldwide Leader and his future plans. During the conversation, Mayne revealed he was asked to take “a 14 percent reduction in time worked and a 61 percent reduction in money earned.”

In the end, that was too much for the former SportsCenter star to accept.

“I’m not asking anyone to feel sorry for me. It’s my choice to stay or not stay,” Mayne said. “It was still a good amount of money in the real world. I’m not

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Mike Golic Reacts To Kenny Mayne’s Departure From ESPN

Mike Golic stands in front of a billboard.

Mike Golic stands in front of a billboard.

After nearly three decades at ESPN, longtime host Kenny Mayne announced that he will be leaving the company on Monday afternoon.

Mayne shared the news on Twitter, calling himself a “salary cap casualty.” The 61-year-old first joined ESPN in 1994 and went on to become well-known as a SportsCenter anchor. He continued to carve out new roles for himself, which including hosting his own show Kenny Mayne’s Wider World of Sports and working with NFL Countdown.

“I will miss the people. I will miss the vending machine set up over by the old Van Pelt joint. We had everything,” he wrote on Twitter.

Mayne’s news surprised the sports world on Monday, but there was also an outpouring of support for the longtime ESPN host. Mike Golic, who also recently left the company, wrote a touching message to the SportsCenter anchor after

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