Steve Phillips' Leave of Absence Upgraded to "Fired"

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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.

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