That’s because controversial Kansas City Star columnist Jason Whitlock has been missing in action from the pages of the newspaper since his May 26 column, “NCAA breeds a culture of corruption.”
In the interim the Big 12 nearly died and went to heck, KU weathered its biggest sports scandals ever, culminating in the unexplained resignation of its bull-in-a-china cabinet athletic director, the Royals interrupted the team’s annual summer swoon by winning enough games to engender momentary hope. the LeBron reality saga went down and an optimistic Kansas City Chiefs squad is poised to begin training camp in the area for the first time in eons.
And no Whitlock to sort it all out and/or stir up you-know-what.
Let the guessing games begin!
As noted here, Star staffers such as Whitlock get about 30 paid vacation and/or sick days a year. That’s six weeks. Plus one week of unpaid “furlough” time, courtesy of the red ink being churned up by the Star’s parent company McClatchy.
Let’s do the math…
Through last Friday, that puts the big galoot at eight weeks off, or one week over the limit. One unpaid week over the limit, notwithstanding some sort of mitigating circumstances allowing for a grace period being granted.
Death in the family, health issues, carryover vacation time (normally not allowed) from unused off -ays from last year.
“Somethings going on,” says a source close to a friend of big guy. “I think (supposedly) there was an argument between him and (editor) Mike Fannin over some writing award. There was an award, there was an argument and supposedly Fannin wanted him terminated but he was just suspended. Nobody knows for sure.”
Which brings us to the here and now…
“If he’s not back next week for Chiefs camp, he’s probably gone or there’s some outside problem,” the source says. “Because Whitlock loves the Chiefs training camp. I know one thing, Whitlock is not going to miss a Chiefs camp, he never has. I