Last night ESPN announced that "Steve Phillips is no longer working for ESPN
. His ability to be an effective representative for ESPN has been significantly and irreparably damaged." Phillips had previously been suspended
from the network, then gone on a leave of absence
, but the revelation of his affair
with a young production assistant has apparently left him a permanent liability for the sports TV channel, despite the fact that Deadspin terminated its "ESPN Horndog Dossier" on Wednesday
. "If Letterman drops this into his monologue," says Gawker
, "he has nuts of steel."
In fairness to Phillips, the Scott Kazmir trade looks pretty good about now.