Rick Reilly will stop writing column for ESPN.com

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Rick Reilly "will let his weekly column go and concentrate on television duties for ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown," Bill Hofheimer writes.



“Rick consistently distinguished himself with his unique voice, penchant for humor and most important, ability to find and tell compelling stories," ESPN VP for Editorial Patrick Stiegman told Hofheimer.



And yet. Last month Barry Petchesky detailed many instances in one Reilly ESPN.com column where he recycled old material.

2009: "I'd extend my hand to the guy I'd just beaten like I was going to shake it and then, when he started to grab it, I'd pull it back. Psych! When the guy in the blazer came out with the winner's check, I'd snatch his toupee off and fling it like a Frisbee."



2014: "I'd extend my hand to Bubba, yank it back and yell, 'Psyche!' When the guy in the bad plaid jacket came out with the winner's check, I'd snatch his toupee off and fling it like a Frisbee."

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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