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ESPN Lays Off Slayer Fan / Reporter John Clayton

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If you were a fan of sports and/or metal in the way-back year of 2012, then you probably remember this gem of a commercial for ESPN’s flagship news show SportsCenter, in which reporter John Clayton’s true passion for metal was revealed:

Welp, ESPN just got a little less metal: the TV giant has laid off Clayton in the latest round of cutbacks at the ailing sports network, USA Today reports. Clayton had worked at ESPN since 1995 as an NFL writer and on-camera pro football expert. He hadn’t Tweeted since April 25th, but posted the following earlier today:

At least it seems he won’t be left high and dry… his mom will still be around to take care of that precious Slayer record collection.

And don’t worry, he’s not shedding the metal image any time soon:

Thanks to MS contributor Phil Boozeman for the tip!

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