ESPN’s Adnan Virk fired for being a mole

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  1. AlternativeFactsRule

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    Can’t wait for the Dan Patrick exit interview.
     
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  3. poor paul

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    how so?
     
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  4. Wu

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    leaking sensitive info is clearly very virksome
     
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  5. William

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    I’m sure they’re going to try to not pay him for the contract he just signed.
     
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    Well, yeah
     
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  7. The Banks

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    I'd imagine he kinda broke one of the more important stipulations in that contract...
     
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  8. DeToxRox

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  9. DeToxRox

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    The relevant part

    In part, the report said Major League Baseball had opted to let ESPN slide on contractual obligations that called for it to have a certain amount of studio shows during the season in return for moving “Sunday Night Baseball” from 8 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    ESPN had a conference call about “Sunday Night Baseball” that the network believes Virk tipped off to Awful Announcing. Sources said the “premeditated nature” of the outreach alarmed ESPN.

    When the conference call took place, Virk was not on the whole time, and the specific information about the future schedule for baseball was actually not discussed.

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    Virk followed up right after the call with Phil Orlins, the senior coordinating producer, asking specific questions about the direction of baseball at ESPN in regards to its scheduling. The questions matched what appeared later that day in the Awful Announcing article.


    Virk, according to sources, told Awful Announcing reporter Ben Koo about the information shortly after.

    “I cannot comment on the sourcing of any particular story we’ve done,” Koo said.

    Virk declined comment, as did a spokesman for ESPN.

    ESPN then investigated and felt that Virk had been having conversations with media reporters about confidential information, violating policy that all employees are warned about.

    It also concluded Virk was not forthcoming after he was given multiple chances to come clean.

    Sources say that Virk’s side contends he received no warning and the punishment does not fit the crime. They were shocked by the outcome, thinking that, at most, Virk might be suspended for two weeks for what they considered a lapse in judgment.

    Sources on ESPN’s side point out that everyone in the company is required to take compliance training that includes not leaking confidential information, and termination could be a result.

    Companies institute these practices to educate employees, but also to be able to say they warned them if accused of wrongdoing.

    This is a point the court could take up, though, in most contracts, agents try to insert a clause that allows broadcasters the right to correct a wrong if they are accused of anything untoward. It is unclear if such language is in Virk’s deal.
     

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  10. IV

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    It’s gonna be sad when Tom Holland gets fired for leaking the plot to the new avengers movie
     
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  11. MG2

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    Well that's just not smart on his end. How obvious did he want to make it?

    Also, I'm assuming the "clause that allows broadcasters the right to correct a wrong" thing would be more about an on-air screw up than violating company policy you are specifically trained against doing in your off time.
     
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  12. Nole96SC

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    Crazy that he thinks he has any leg to stand on. "Yeah I did it but I figured if they ever found out they would only warn me and suspend me or something."
    No dumbass, they had every right to fire you.
     
  13. DuffandMuff

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    Of all outlets to give inside info to and he chose awful announcing? Virk kinda deserved it.
     
  14. BudKilmer

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    Man imagine throwing away a multi million dollar career so you could send some scoop to Awful Announcing
     
  15. MG2

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    In his defense, people at ESPN have been giving angry scoops to AA, Deadspin, James Miller and others forever, and it's been obvious who some of those people have been in the past (especially Bill Simmons with Miller). I get why he wouldn't think he wouldn't lose his job over it.
     
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  16. ButchCassidy

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    of all the info to leak, its freaking MLB starting times? gross.
     
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  17. Nole96SC

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    That's still on him though. 'So and so did this and wasn't fired so Im gonna do it too. I wont be fired either.' Isnt how it works.
     
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  19. MG2

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    I'm guessing the more relevant portion to ESPN and MLB is the part about Baseball Tonight not coming back. That's embarrassing for MLB to have out there, and it's a bad look for ESPN that someone leaked it.
     
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  20. MG2

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    I know. Especially if he's not even going to try to hide it considering how quickly they figured out it was him. I'm not really defending him. Just saying, if I'm Virk, I kind of get the premise of "you didn't do anything when all these other people leaked stuff...". Considering how much inside info from ESPN James Miller has gotten over the years, I think this is a relevant tweet in terms of how a lot of ESPN people probably feel about it.

     
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    I mean the NBA asked reporters not to tip picks, and then Woj stole draft night. It’s a really funny double standard.
     
  22. MG2

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    That's where Miller loses me, though. Getting tips and inside info is the job of a reporter. I don't think that means ESPN and all other media companies are hypocrites if they encourage that while also trying to stop their employees from giving inside info about their business to outside media. Employing people who get dirt from others doesn't mean you have to be okay with your employees giving out dirt on you.
     
  23. TC

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    You won't catch Dari Nowkah pulling any of this crazy shit
     
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    lol That's how it works at my employer, tho.
     
  25. DuffandMuff

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    Or Anish Shroff.
     
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  26. Wu

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    They’re gonna murder his uncle
     
  27. TC

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    Nowkah is of Iranian descent. Shroff is Indian. That's really fucked up, that's like calling an American a Russian
     
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  28. DuffandMuff

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    No, you’re thinking of Kevin Negandhi.
     
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    :kermit:
     
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  30. Gallant Knight

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    pretty sure he was straight up fired for his actions when he was caught.

    if he admits it and says wont do it again he still has a job
     
  31. ~ taylor ~

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    That's certainly part of what his lawyer will argue when they try to get him his money. Lawyers tell corporate clients all the time to not put termination/discipline clauses in contracts and employee manuals if they're not going to enforce them uniformly. Employment law can be funky on selective enforcement.
     
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  32. The Banks

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    What??
     
  33. DeToxRox

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  34. bertwing

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    Needs more commas
     
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  35. He actually missed one #GrammarFail.
     
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  36. Joe Withabee

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    As did you.
     
  37. I'm not trying to use 100% correct grammar on a message board.
     
  38. TC

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  39. Whammy Business

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    Talking about the situation is not productive ... here’s my statement with hundreds of words.
     
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  40. EdmondDantes

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    At least leak something meaningful. I would have a hard time imagining that anyone in the world not directly involved with espn gives a solitary fuck about any of this. Dude isn't exactly Robert hanssen...
     
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  42. DeToxRox

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    He will host that Fox Game Day show I reckon
     
  43. laxjoe

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    That would make a lot of sense
     
  44. laxjoe

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    or not
     
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  50. MG2

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