Two years ago, Jason Whitlock was hired at ESPN and charged with creating a black sports and culture site, originally billed as a “Black Grantland” and eventually named The Undefeated. Last month, he was ousted as the head of the site after failing to get it off the ground, undermining the entire project in the process. Whitlock’s minder/nominal lieutenant, Leon Carter, was named the interim EIC, and ESPN president John Skipper announced that the company was still committed to launching a black-interest site. Since, there’s been little news.
Behind the scenes, however, Skipper has been making moves. Just a couple of weeks after Jason Whitlock was relegated to substitute PTI duty, Amy DuBois Barnett, one-time executive editor of The Undefeated, was also cut.