Ariel Helwani’s days at ESPN are coming to an finish.
Helwani introduced Sunday his remaining day at ESPN can be on June 15, concluding his three-year run on the community. The MMA reporter confirmed ESPN did provide him a brand new contract however determined to pursue different alternatives.
Helwani is headed to the Motion Community, sources instructed The Submit’s Andrew Marchand. He would be the betting platform’s MMA skilled. They’ve already employed ex-ESPNers Darren Rovell and golf author Jason Sobel. Helwani is predicted to additionally work for different entities, with Dan Le Batard’s Meadowlark being a chance.
“I do know generally individuals go away jobs, networks, and so they go away with bitter grapes. They go away mad, they go away eager to torch the bridge on the way in which out. I’m not gonna try this,” Helwani stated in an Instagram video asserting his departure. “I’ve a whole lot of respect for what ESPN stands for and a whole lot of respect for the individuals there and I’m actually grateful for what they gave me and the alternatives they gave me. I’d be mendacity if I stated I acquired there and thought that I would depart three years later, however this can be a loopy world and a loopy enterprise, and as soon as I used to be given the chance to have a look at what else was on the market, I discovered a whole lot of issues that basically acquired me excited.”
Marchand reported in April that Helwani and ESPN could possibly be headed for a breakup.
Helwani thanked ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro and others for having his again as a result of he’s beforehand “labored for corporations who didn’t have my again.” ESPN thanked Helwani in an announcement to Marchand.
5 years in the past earlier than UFC 199, Helwani broke the story that Brock Lesnar was returning to the corporate. Upset that he broke the information earlier than they may announce it, UFC president Dana White stripped Helwani of his credentials. Helwani was instructed he’d be banned “for all times” however his credentials had been restored days after the incident. Helwani was beforehand let go by Fox Sports activities at White’s behest.
“It’s sort of loopy that that is all occurring on the five-year anniversary of UFC 199 once I was instructed that my profession was over and a bullet could be put in my head,” Helwani stated within the video.
White referred to as Helwani a “douche” 4 months in the past after Helwani, who’s Jewish, criticized former MMA fighter Gina Carano for evaluating the plight of Republicans to Jews in Nazi Germany. ESPN launched an announcement supporting Helwani three days later.