I’m talking about former Kansas City Star sports columnist Jason Whitlock‘s bachelor pad in South Overland Park. The four bedroom, three and a half bath Nottingham Forest abode where he hosted celebrity bashes, reportedly attended by guests such as Ollie Gates, Carl Peterson, Marty Schottenheimer, Derrick Thomas, Bill Self, Danny Manning, Mark Mangino, Roy Williams, Frank White – even Craig Glazer.
In 2004 Big Sexy wrote about one of his many wildings in the newspaper saying, “My mama’s annual soul-food Christmas party- which is invitation only – will celebrate its 10-year anniversary on Monday, Dec. 20. She’s flying into Kansas City on Friday with a vat of bacon grease and a suitcase full of seasonings.”
Actually, Whitlock moved the party to the Peachtree that year because it had grown so in size and scope – but you get the idea. Besides, his swimming pool – now in disrepair according to the listing – was mothballed for the winter. Still those bashes there were the stuff of local legend.
Reportedly the house had been on the market for two years or longer after Whitlock parted company with the Star. A parting that went ugly after he dropped out of sight for a couple months then went on 610 Sports to bad mouth the his bosses and tell the awful truth about the divorce.
So nasty were Whitlock’s accusations that 610 pulled the plug on him mid interview as he was telling a story that allegedly involved Star editor Mike Fannin planting a drunken kiss on a male reporter at a local dive.
Who knows? One of these days the Big Guy may unleash a tell all book with “the rest of the story.”
Until then, we can only imagine.
Back to Whitlock’s house…
At one point it appears Whitlock was asking $260,000 for it, but by the time it sold he had faced the market realities and was down to an asking price of $225,000. It sold for $208,000 less real estate commission.
Here’s the listing description:
Open Contemporary Home with Vaulted Ceilings and “OPEN” layout Newer Roof. GREAT space for the $$!! BIG Private Lot – and LL Hot Tub Room – THIS house is MADE to Entertain! Finished Walk-out LL with Wet Bar, Full Bath and Work-out Area. Main Floor Master Bedroom with HUGE Jetted Tub and Walk-in Shower. POOL will need work – selling AS IS.
There you have it, the divorce is final. Whitlock’s hanging on the West Coast with Kansas City but a blurry image in his rearview mirror.