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Jason Whitlock, ESPN part ways again

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Jason Whitlock and ESPN have parted ways once again as the two sides agreed to a buyout.

Whitlock worked for FOX Sports from 2007-2013 but left to join ESPN, where he was expected to create and head up their “Black Grantland” project, which is still in the works as “The Undefeated.”

“We have mutually agreed to part ways, which was Jason’s preference following the shift from his role as Editor-in-Chief. Jason is a talented print and television commentator, and we wish him success in his next chapter. ESPN remains fully committed to The Undefeated and plans continue toward an official launch,” an ESPN spokesperson told SI’s Richard Deitsch.

The separation between Whitlock and ESPN following the talented columnist’s demotion was anticipated. The buyout agreement also clears the way for Whitlock to reunite with FOX, which is said to be looking for an opinionated personality to help with FS1.

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