ESPN's John Clayton Is Actually a Fan of Slayer

By Andrew Fisher
John Clayton

Anybody who’s watched ESPN for more than an hour in the past year has probably seen the John Clayton metal commercial. The senior writer is shown in his ‘room’ after shooting a segment for ESPN while sporting a Slayer t-shirt . He yells at his mom and then proceeds to eat Chinese food while bobbing his head to metal music. To call it a classic ESPN commercial, would be putting it lightly.

So all along I just figured that the commercial was just another clever idea from the ESPN writers. But as it turns out, Clayton is actually a Slayer fan. Let’s just say that Clayton doesn’t fit the profile of a typical Slayer fan.

Check out this photo of the ESPN personality with band members Gary Holt and Kerry King:

clayton and slayer

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Slayer, here’s a taste of what their live shows are like:

Slayer has been around a long time. The band was formed way back in 1981 and it’s safe to say that they’ve been influencing other metal acts ever since. The band did experience some tragedy recently, as Jeff Hanneman passed away. The guitarist was only 49 years old and reportedly died from alcohol-related cirrhosis.

But now they’ve reformed and relaunched for a 2013 tour. Holt joined the group as a touring member and is acting as Hanneman’s replacement. Holt is also part of the group ‘Exodus’, which is also set to release a new album in 2014.


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