Paul Maidment Resigns as Editorial Director of G/O Media – Company at the Center of Deadspin Controversy

Paul Maidment Resigns as Editorial Director of G/O Media – Company at the Center of Deadspin Controversy

Paul Maidment has resigned as editorial director of G/O Media – the company that owns Deadspin. The popular site has been the subject of controversy after executives at G/O Media instructed staff to ‘stick to sports.’ This led to mass resignations and the effective end of the site.

Maidment issued a statement saying he was leaving G/O media.

He does not appear to mention the controversy surrounding Deadspin – a site which is yet another victim of private equity in the stable of former Gawker publications.

“I wanted to let you all know that effective immediately I have resigned my position as Editorial Director of G/O Media. It is the right moment for me to leave to pursue an entrepreneurial opportunity,” his statement says.

“I admire the journalism that you produce and the unique voice that is otherwise missing from mainstream media. It has been a great honor and I wish you all the very best. I am certain that the sites will grow and thrive in the future.”

As many have noted on social media, the exodus of journalists from Deadspin has been swift and those who have tried to write for the site since the mass walkout have been widely decried as ‘scabs.’

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Political Media Editor