Missing in action on Fox Sports Kansas City…
Former Kansas City Star sports gossip columnist Jeffrey Flanagan. Flanangan’s column – Flanny’s Take – more-or-less dropped from site in the latter part of May. He did however post a "Minor League Report" recently after being contacted for this column following an apparent month or so writing hiatus.
So what’s the deal? Word is Flanagan pulled up stakes and moved back to from whence he came.
"Steve Penn at the Star told me that he was called back home several weeks ago to Minnesota or Wisconsin," says Stanford’s Craig Glazer. "And the word is, he’s not coming back. Steve said he saw him the day before he left and that (Jeff) told him that, given the situation at the Star, there really wasn’t much here for him anymore. He told Steve he had a couple sports books he wanted to write."
Flanagan declined to comment.
For Glazer, Flanagan’s departure marks the end of a remarkable, at times bizarre and bittersweet era.
"Well, now that he’s gone, the story can be told," Glazer says. "Jeff and I befriended one another in the mid 1990s. We met at a movie screening at Ameristar – a movie I produced – called ‘Latin (Boxing) Legends.’ He was covering the event and we had a lot in common. We were about the same age and both of us were into sports and we liked to drink and party a little bit.
"So we ran around together for about six years. I was friends with you then but you and I weren’t in party mode. So Jeff and I had a great time but it all came to a crashing halt in 2001 when I got busted. And it was Flanagan that called me and told me FBI agents were at the Star questioning him about me. What followed was me being indicted for things I never did. What it boiled down to was I was a partier – booze, weed and some blow."
So Glazer partied with Flanagan?
"Let’s just leave that unsaid," Glazer says. "I think it’s obvious. So once they indicted me, Jeff felt it was best for his career to separate from me as a friend. I mean, Jeff and I had been together for years – four or five nights a week – for better than half a decade. So it really disturbed me. Flanagan remained distant ever since, and I’ve never said this, but now that it’s a decade later, that disturbed me. I could appreciate his situation at the Star, but after I was cleared in 2003 and after he got laid off in 2008, he still never bothered to resolve the situation."
The awkwardness was compounded by the fact that both hung out at Woodside Pool & Tennis.
"I would run into Jeff and we would speak, but it would be very light," Glazer says. "I think Jeff’s a good person but the way he treated our friendship wasn’t right."
If Glazer could send a message to his former running mate today, what might that be?
"I wish you well, Jeff. And I’m sorry for whatever problems you have back at home. And I hope you find the job in journalism that you want. Whether it’s writing books or a column somewhere. But I still don’t understand why you kept your distance with no real explanation and I think that was wrong of you. And I think you know that."