Just like that, now former Kansas City Star sports editor Holly Lawton has quietly left the paper.
"The new guy came in right after Christmas and Holly stayed for a week," says a source. "So she was here last week but not this."
Lawton – whose Twitter monicker was Sports Babe 68 – was widely believed by Star staffers to have been romantically involved with her boss, Star editor (and former sports section head) Mike Fannin. A belief aired publicly last summer by departing Star sports scribe Jason Whitlock.
"Why did Holly Lawton get the job? The belief among everyone was that Mike and Holly were involved in an inappropriate relationship," Whitlock said last summer on 610 Sports and Time Warner Cable. "Fannin bragged to people about this! I’m not making this up!"
Lawton submitted her resignation in the midst of Whitlock’s week’s long, exit melodrama but pledged to stay on the job until her replacement was hired.
That she would leave behind a healthy paycheck in these uncertain times with no new job in sight further fueled the "innapropriate relationship" fires.
Next up for the Sports Babe: "I don’t think she knows," says a source close to the situation.