Sean Spicer’s term as the public-address announcer of the Jackson Hammerheads proved to be short-lived, as the former White House press secretary resigned from the gig in order to join the paid-speaking circuit.
According to sources close to the team, Spicer’s decision was driven in part by the money-making opportunities presented by his new gig, and no one expected his role as Jackson’s PA announcer to be permanent. However, those sources say that there was also friction between Spicer and Hammerheads owner/whiz-kid GM Steven Butler.
The friction existed from the very beginning of Spicer’s tenure, when Butler reportedly pressured him to announce the attendance at Hammerheads games as higher than it really was. But matters reportedly came to a head after the trading deadline.
Although the self-proclaimed “Sultan of Swap” worked feverishly to strike a deal to improve the Hammerheads’ position, he was unable to do so. However, before that evening’s game, Butler reportedly called Spicer in a drunken rage and ordered him to introduce the team as the “first-place Jackson Hammerheads” and state that Eddie Battin would be hitting cleanup for Jackson that night. When Spicer pointed out that the Hammerheads were in third pland and Battin was still the property of the rival Knoxville Smokies, Butler told him to make the announcements anyway.
The final straw for Spicer, apparently, came when word broke that the Hammerheads were considering hiring Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci as marketing director. This was more than Spicer could bear, and he announced his resignation the next day.
Spicer declined to comment on his resignation. Butler denied any reports of friction between the two, and issued a statement wishing his former public-address man well in his new job. “I am grateful for Sean’s work on behalf of my team and the people of Jackson,” said the owner/whiz-kid GM. “I wish him continued success as he moves on to pursue new opportunities – just look at our great attendance numbers!”