Longtime ESPN writer among first sports personalities to announce exit from Twitter

By , Audacy Sports

Veteran sportswriter and author Howard Bryant said he is soon signing off from Twitter for good in the wake of Elon Musk's purchase of the platform.

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On Sunday afternoon, Bryant -- long affiliated with ESPN and, more recently, Meadowlark Media -- said he is "signing off in 24 hours" following Musk's takeover, explaining he would have stayed "if this were a business acquisition, but it's a political one."

"Twitter's not that important," Bryant said, after suggesting he'd be joining a different platform.

Bryant's apparent farewell tweet comes with big changes afoot at the social media company since Musk's arrival as CEO.

The Tesla and SpaceX boss has roiled the company with mass layoffs -- and reported feverish attempts to rehire some of those jettisoned staffers -- and by announcing an $8 monthly subscription fee for verified users.

As well, Musk seemed to throw a tantrum in recent days over an apparent surge in users impersonating him with unflattering tweets. Musk said parody accounts must be marked as such or else be suspended, but it appeared even several such accounts with the required disclaimer were suspended.

Bryant is the author of several books, has appeared on ESPN's "The Sports Reporters," contributes to NPR's Weekend Edition and serves as an executive producer on HBO's "Back On The Record with Bob Costas."

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