Anybody who knows Whitlock – even a little – knows that for all of his bluff and braggadocio he comes fully equipped with paper thin skin. Newspaper thin.
And he’s got at least 16 years of public meltdowns to show for it. His infamous on-air screaming matches with former 980 KMBZ sports talk host Don Fortune. The antics that got him suspended by the Star at the New England Patriots football game oh so many years ago. His high profile debacles and firings at Entercom and ESPN. Added to however many of his caustic/defensive columns in the Kansas City Star. Even his dramatic falling out with his one-time best buddy, sports muse and occasional ghost writer Greg Hall.
Now Whitlock’s down to lowly me. Read on.
Twitter Numero Uno:
“HChristopher must get paid per fabrication. If this is an indication of what ran in The Star for 16 years, Star owes a lot of apologies.about 2 hours ago via web”
Twitter Numero Dos:
“KC Tweeps only: Hearne Christopher is the dumbest motherphucka on the planet. It’s embarrassing a newspaper employed him. Embarrassing.about 2 hours ago via web”
So how do I feel? Flattered, of course.
In the absence of any straight shooting whatsoever by either Whitlock or the Star, KC Confidential stitched together a quilt of facts, news tips, behind-the-scenes knowledge of the workings of the Star and theories as to what’s been going on these past 12 weeks. That’s what happens in what passes for sports journalism when high profile players silently drop out of sight for extended periods of time during critical time frames.
Did we know for sure or report that Whitlock was making $160,000 and got bumped down to $125,000? Nope. We reported that sources who claimed and appeared to be somewhat close to Whitlock said that.
What’s more, we did a little behind-the-scenes checking with folks no longer at the newspaper who were familiar with W’s salary and they said that figure appeared to be in the ballpark.
Did Star editor