John Clayton Confirms He's Out at ESPN, But Is 'Keeping the Ponytail'

Latest ESPN layoff: Long-time NFL insider let go

This is in reference, of course, to this fantastic ESPN commercial from a few years back featuring Clayton. But Clayton's real mic drop was a tweet poking fun at the old "This Is "SportsCenter" " commercial (see below) in which he rocks a ponytail and a Slayer T-shirt.

Amidst the layoffs, ESPN has constantly defended their dedication to journalism and their news reporting capabilities. Two words. Thank you. However, when it comes to breaking and covering news, there's no doubt ESPN is going to be affected in some way when people like Clayton and others are no longer working at the network. My bosses and co-workers are the best....

He also hosted a Saturday morning show on 950 KJR-AM. "The professor" will continue his radio show for ESPN, KIRO-AM in Seattle, but will end all television and website appearances.




Clayton says he will keep his radio gig.

I am well taken care of by ESPN. Dozens of journalists, beat writers, anchors, and commentators have been let go, including (from an National Football League standpoint) Ed Werder, Trent Dilfer, Jarrett Bell, Ryan Clark, and Ashley Fox. Clayton is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as he has been enshrined in the writer's wing of the Canton, Ohio museum.

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