Sweet Fancy Moses! ESPN has finally sacked Sean Salisbury . . . only about eight years after I first called for him to be gagged and thrown into a swamp. I don't even watch ESPN anymore, but I guess I'm just the kind of guy who can find glee in seeing a flatulent creep get his just desserts in the end. I would like to think ESPN finally tired of a one trick pony who laid the truth on us one week only to pull a complete 180 the next, but it probably has more to do with pushing the envelope a bit too far in his weekly unwatchable insult-fest with pencil-neck geek John Clayton. Here's the report from Pro Football Talk:
The move was, in our view, long overdue. Per USA Today, Salisbury’s contract had expired. He likely sealed his fate with that disgraceful on-air dissing of John Clayton last month, during which Salisbury called Clayton the “Cryptkeeper.”
As regular visitors to this site know, we don’t care much for Salisbury. He’s loud, he’s a jerk, and far too often he speaks in sweeping absolutes. Also, he reportedly was suspended for showing cell-phone photos of his penis to colleagues at the network. Frankly, we’re surprised he lasted there as long as he did.
True to form, Salisbury is crowing about his departure.
“I have grown as much as I can at ESPN and decided to expand my horizons,” Salisbury said in a statement. “I have created a brand and it’s time to expand into other opportunities in TV, radio, Internet, publishing, movies and public speaking, among others. My resume speaks for itself as a football analyst, and I believe I can talk all sports with the best of them.”
Hey, Sean — a periodic cameo in an Adam Sandler flick doesn’t make you an actor. A web site that looks like crap and that rarely was updated before it went off line won’t turn you into an Internet mogul.
Publishing? Please. (Unless, of course, you’ve got a proposal for “Cell Phone Porn for Dummies.”)
Sean Salisbury needed ESPN far more than ESPN needed him, and unless he plans to handle weekend sports at the UPN affiliate in Tallahassee, his broadcasting career is officially over.