Schilling taking leave of absence from ESPN amid legal woesJune 16th, 2012 at 5:41 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
ESPN and the former Red Sox ace have “mutually agreed” that he will take a leave of absence from the sports network “as he works thru his business issues,” ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys wrote on Twitter Saturday. “We expect he’ll return later this season.”
38 Studios filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection earlier this month, just two years after Rhode Island lured the company to Providence with a $75 million taxpayer-backed loan guarantee. Citizens Bank is suing Schilling for $2.3 million, alleging he guaranteed the company’s debts.
Schilling has been an analyst on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” program since the 2010 season, and on June 3 he returned to the show for the first time since 38 Studios collapsed. The news of his leave of absence was first spotted by AOL’s Sporting News.
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Andrew Adamson contributed to this report.