The layoffs at ESPN today have caused a ripple effect that has impacted more than those individuals who worked for the Worldwide Leader in Sports. Throughout the sports world, people are speaking out about the firings and extending their apologies to the ones affected by the network's decisions. Golden State Warriors interim head coach Mike Brown acknowledged the departure of beat writer Ethan Strauss, who has been covering the team for years, before fielding questions from reporters.
Even Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson briefly took a moment on Inside the NBA to discuss the layoffs. "A lot of people at ESPN got laid off today," Barkley said. "And I just want to wish all the guys and girls nothing but the best...I just want to let them know, man, that I'm thinking about them." Chuck admits that the firings go well beyond any rivalry between shows or networks, saying, "ESPN is not our competition, we're in this thing together."
Ernie provided some additional commentary on his peers who are in the business of covering sports for a living. "We're all in the toy department," E.J. said. "We're all getting to work in sports, man. It's all fun and games, but when a day like this happens...we have a lot of friends up there, we wish you well."
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