First Fannin took a three-hour radio and cable TV drubbing at the hands of former sports scribe Jason Whitlock. Whitlock painted a picture of Fannin as a party boy who had been having an “inappropriate relationship” with his immediate subordinate, Star sports editor Holly Lawton (a.k.a. sportsbabe68 on Twitter).
Coincidentally, Lawton abruptly resigned just prior to the three-month Whitlock “vacation” saga reaching full boil.
That was followed by reporting by KC Confidential – not the Pitch – that several Star sources also believed the Fannin/Lawton romance tale to be true. In addition I reported Fannin had told me – while I was still employed by and working under him at the newspaper – that in April of 2008 he’d turned down the editor’s post offered to him by new publisher Mark Zieman. The reason: Fannin said he’d warned Zieman that there were skeletons that could come out if the Pitch or somebody were to investigate him.
Shortly after that Zieman convinced Fannin to accept the job despite the warning.
I also relayed a story Fannin had told me about having to be forcibly removed by Star security years ago after he went after a dude that worked on the first floor of the main Star building he suspected was having an affair with his wife.
Fannin long since divorced.
And I relayed a tale told to me years ago and later remembered by comedy club owner Craig Glazer, about a Star sportswriter bringing Fannin to Glazer’s Westport club and the three of them snorting cocaine in Glazer’s office. That allegedly went down prior to Glazer’s 2001 drug bust.
Later KC Confidential unearthed an unreported, 2006 DUI conviction of