Pakistani-origin sports host Adnan Virk fired by ESPN

Adnan Virk. Photo courtesy of Virk’s twitter handle @AdnanESPN

Pakistani-origin sports host Adnan Virk has been fired by ESPN, according to a report in the New York Post.

Virk is accused of leaking confidential company information to the media on multiple occasions, according to sources, the report said. Virk had recently signed a new multi-year contract.

When ESPN investigated the allegations, it felt that Virk failed to fully cooperate, the Post reported.

“Adnan Virk no longer works at ESPN,” ESPN vice president Josh Krulewitz told The Post.

Virk could not immediately be reached for comment. CAA, Virk’s agency, declined comment.

On Friday, Virk was escorted off the Bristol, Connecticut campus. The specific nature of the information Virk chose to share is unknown at this time, the report said.

During his move up the ESPN ladder, Virk had become a lead studio host on its college football game coverage. He was a regular host on “Baseball Tonight” and college basketball. He was one of the main fill-in hosts on ESPN Radio. He had developed a

Virk was born in Toronto, Ontario to Zakaria and Taherah Virk, according to Wikipedia. His parents had immigrated to Canada from Pakistan. In 1984, the family relocated to Kingston, then in 1989 to Morven, a small town just outside Kingston, where his parents owned and operated a gas station and Zack’s Variety store.

After graduating from Ernestown Secondary School, where he played basketball and soccer, Virk studied Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University.

From 2003 to 2009 he hosted several programs on The Score, and was an associate producer for Sportscentre at TSN. He was also the co-host of Omniculture and Bollywood Boulevard at Omni Television. In 2009, he joined Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment as a host and reporter for Raptors TV, Leafs TV and Gol TV Canada. In April 2010 he joined the ESPN family of stations in Bristol.

After joining ESPN, he became one of three main anchors for Baseball Tonight. During 2014 spring training he began calling play-by-play for an ESPN affiliate. In the baseball off-season, he hosted SportsCenter and Outside the Lines. He would also fill in for Keith Olbermann on Olbermann. He was the host of a movie podcast Cinephile on ESPN, Wikipedia noted.

Virk lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, with his wife Eamon, whom he married in 2007. He has four sons.



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