“Don Ohlmeyer was an unsurpassed creative force in all forms of television as well as a brilliant and visionary executive — a truly unique combination,” ESPN president John Skipper said in a statement. “His involvement with ESPN spans many years, and we are unquestionably better for it in ways that go well beyond his impact on Monday Night Football. He was a believer while sitting on our board in the early days, and as an effective ombudsman, he made us think. He leaves an indelible imprint on how millions consume entertainment to this day.”

Under Ohlmeyer, NBC rose from third place to first in prime-time ratings by developing, promoting and presenting quality programs that received industry awards and critical acclaim. NBC launched such hits as “Friends,” “ER,” “Homicide,” “Frasier,” “Providence,” “Will and Grace” and “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.” Existing shows such as “Seinfeld,” “Law & Order” and “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” enjoyed growth that led to their becoming hits.

They put on display a different kind of contempt, a willful ignorance and stubbornness that’s just as unflattering.

“The kid is talented enough to play in this league. He is a Super Bowl quarterback for a reason. But it’s the handling of the situation,” the GM said, in part. “It makes you pause … It is an issue of mentality, personality. I think it boils down to maturity.”

He doubted Kaepernick’s leadership, claimed he could “kill a locker room,” described Cheap Hockey Jerseys Youth his anti-racism activism as “all that garbage” and as “questionable judgment.”

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