First, ESPN's Josh Krulewitz addresses Stephen A.'s imminent departure:
"We thank Stephen A. for his many contributions to ESPN and wish him well. We decided to move in different directions."
I can smell the tears.
Now, Stephen A's official comment:
"It's been a wonderful, wonderful ride, filled with great accomplishments, great memories and, most importantly, great friendships. It's difficult to express how appreciative I am to ESPN for all it's done for my career. But nothing last forever. It's time to move on.
"While my love for sports has never dissipated — of course, I'll never let go of Sports — my desire to venture beyond sports into the world of news, politics and entertainment has grown. Where that will take me? Who knows! But I'm about to find out. I'll just do so with some degree of sadness, knowing all the friends I'll leave behind."
Okay, it's too nice out for me to be inside anymore. Cutting out early. But! Remember, you have Moe tomorrow to keep you company. Sunday: Tommy Craggs will be around to tell you all about how he almost got Dustin Pedroia's family killed.
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