ESPN's Adnan Virk Fired, Accused Of Leaking Confidential Information

Adnan Virk

Adnan Virk is no longer an employee of ESPN after reportedly being fired and escorted off the Bristol campus on Friday because he was suspected of leaking information to the media.

Virk's camp was reportedly surprised that he was sacked, thinking he'd get a suspension.

Virk had just signed a new four-year deal with ESPN worth seven figures, according to the report.

New details emerged Monday about the details of the leak, per The Post, which reports that Virk leaked information to sports media site Awful Announcing about ESPN not bringing back "Baseball Tonight" as a daily show.

ESPN felt that Virk failed to cooperate during the investigation. He has not, however, posted since Thursday. They say ESPN held a conference call to discuss "Baseball Tonight" and that Virk was not on for the entire call. "Your tweets will not stop us, @LeBatardShow", he retweeted.

A lead studio host on its college football game, a regular host on Baseball Tonight and college basketball as well as being one of the main fill-in hosts on ESPN Radio, Virk had quickly moved up the ESPN ladder. He also frequented ESPN Radio programs, including some guest-hosting gigs, and was host of ESPN's "Cinephile: The Adnan Virk Movie Podcast".

Per his ESPN bio, Virk joined ESPN in 2010 and had filled a number of roles for the company.

The Post's sources say that Virk's side claims he received no warning and his dismissal is too harsh of a penalty even if, as ESPN alleges, he leaked the information, which his side would characterize as a lapse in judgment.

Virk went to college in Toronto and grew up in Canada after emigrating from Pakistan. From there, Virk worked for Omni Television serving from September 2002 - December 2003 as a co-host for Omniculture and Bollywood.

ESPN has fired one of its most versatile anchors.



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