Talk about smoke and mirrors…
Give it up for former Kansas City Star sports scribe Jason Whitlock.
As both Whitlock and the Star continue their slide into obscurity, it’s Whitlock who seems to be winning the battle to at least appear to remain relevant.
Case in point, when Big Sexy departed KC after an ugly falling out with the newspaper, he managed to trick former 610 Sports host Nick Wright into implying that his parachute was a golden one. Wright’s unsubstantiated implication was repeated and reported by other sports media as fact, leaving many with the impression – however unlikely – that Whitlock’s new blogging career landed him on easy street.
Unfortunately blogging and making the odd guest appearance on cable sports didn’t turn out to be quite as as lucrative as taking down twin six-figure salaries in local radio and newsprint.
Especially in light of Whitlock telling the world know last year that he’d gone bankrupt.
Big Sexy then returned to blogging at Fox Sports 1
There followed a parting of company with ESPN after Whitlock’s failing to get a website off the ground that was to have served as an incubator for young, up-and-coming African American sportswriters.
After ESPN pulled the plug on Whitlock’s project, he left “voluntarily” and fell back on his old ways of tossing out haymakers like a column calling retiring NBA legend Kobe Bryant “the most fraudulent superstar celebrity athlete” ever.
There followed an obscure blog interview under a headline that read, “Jason Whitlock Talks Strip Clubs,” in which he claimed to have made “a small investment in his own strip club” in Florida.
As for Whitlock’s pending move to Fox Sports 1, it’s “a network that very few people watch,” SportsGrid notes.
The $64 million question:
Outside of landing musical sports jobs, staving off financial ruin, buying minority interests in strip clubs and a failed attempt at fashioning a foundation for budding black sportswriters, has Whitlock changed much?
As evidenced by his latest tweet: “Just because you have a small mind don’t assume I do, too. Just because you’re focused on me don’t assume my actions are always about me.”
That said, some things never change…
Late last year – shortly before Whitlock got canned for the second time at ESPN – he managed to trick a gullible NEWSWEEK writer into “reporting” the following:
“Two years ago, ESPN signed the 48-year-old to a five-year, multimillion-dollar contract, to create The Undefeated, an ambitious website conceived by Whitlock to discuss the intersection of race and sports in America.”
Some things never change…