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Adnan Virk Not Receiving Severance From ESPN, Mulling Lawsuit

ESPN believed Virk was not being honest when asked about leaking a story to Awful Announcing
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Former ESPN anchor Adnan Virk is "pursuing legal action against his ex-employer" after being fired and receiving "no severance after just signing a four-year contract worth seven figures," according to sources cited by Andrew Marchand of the N.Y. POST. Virk was let go Friday after being "accused of leaking confidential information on multiple occasions." The instance that "led to the final decision to relieve Virk concerned a story" that appeared on Awful Announcing. The report said that MLB 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 8:00pm ET to 7:00pm. ESPN had a conference call about “SNB” that the network "believes Virk revealed to Awful Announcing." Sources said that the "'premeditated nature' of the outreach alarmed ESPN." The net also concluded that Virk "was not forthcoming after he was given multiple chances to come clean" about the matter (N.Y. POST, 2/5). SI’s Michael McCann examines the legal ramifications of Virk’s firing at ESPN.