OTC: Jason Whitlock Talks To Parkins & Carrington On 610’s The Drive About Royals, ESPN Gig & His Curvy Style

“Absolutely (I’m going to the Royals game Tuesday). I would not miss this piece of Kansas City history. I’m a Kansas Citian. And I hope Appier pitches a great game. … All your baseball insight right here.”
Jason Whitlock, in an in-studio visit with Danny Parkins and Carrington Harrison Monday, 610 AM
GH: This is the Jason Whitlock I miss. The funny, self-deprecating, dare I say comfortable-in-his-own-skin Jason. He spent an hour with the young guys on 610 Sports and it was entertaining radio. Read on for a sample…

“I only want to take calls from people I know. My crew; MU Dog, Viking Jim, Kenny Kenny, Iowa Dog would be good. Wolverine Willie – is he still in Kansas City. He’ll say something inappropriate and borderline racist.”
Jason Whitlock, 610 AM
GH: Whitlock did not end up taking many calls from his old crew but he did field one call that brought a smile to my face…

“I’m so proud of you getting in touch with your black side! You were always so Caucasian!” Caller Anna, to Whitlock, 610 AM

“There’s a reason I don’t have kids. I’m not big on responsibility. To accomplish what I want to do professionally. I can’t be bogged down. … I just reached the point (in my career) where I’ve pumped the brakes for so long…I just like going where I like to go when I like to go.”
Jason Whitlock, who was on the show in part to promote his affiliation with Big Brothers Big Sisters, 610 AM
GH: This is just Whitlock being honest about himself. JW is an ego-driven selfish narcissist who thinks of himself first, second and last. That doesn’t play well as a husband and father. Whitlock at least understands this and has spared his future family that grief. There are a lot of men who are not nearly as honest with themselves as Whitlock and society has paid for their selfishness.

“14 months. And it only feels like 13.”
Jason Whitlock, when asked how long he’s been back at ESPN, 610 AM
GH: There has been much discussion about why it is taking the project website that Whitlock was hired to oversee for ESPN so long to debut. From what Whitlock had to say Monday, I do not expect much to happen soon.

“There is no name (for the website) as of right now or none that I can say publicly. We’ll launch within four to six months I think. It’ll be directed at African American sports fans.” Jason Whitlock, on the website that he has been hired to coordinate for ESPN nicknamed Black Grantland, 610 AM
GH: Parkins did get Whitlock to confirm that the website will not be called “Black Grantland” as it has been in social media posts. I understand that ESPN has money to burn but is there a real need for a website that caters to black sports fan readers? This would seem to me to be a step back rather than forward in race relations. Can’t we all just get along – and read the same sports page?

“The conversation about race in America has been here since Christopher Columbus.” Jason Whitlock, 610 AM
GH: I was hoping Carrington would have asked Whitlock if Columbus used to play for the Red Sox.

“Social media is fun. It shouldn’t be taken seriously. It’s not a place for information – not reliable information anyway. I enjoy it. I like to crack jokes.”
Jason Whitlock, 610 AM
GH: Twitter does get a bad rap for unreliable reports but you can be misled just as easily watching the network news. Whitlock uses Twitter to entertain – as I do as well. But it is also a great source for breaking news. Twitter is how I discovered Whitlock would be a guest on 610’s The Drive.

“People don’t understand that I different style of dress. I’m a little ahead of the curve. I’ve always been ahead of the curve.”
Jason Whitlock, when reminded that he has been criticized heavily for his dress on ESPN’s PTI, 610 AM GH: I may have misheard Jason on this comment. Maybe he meant to say, “I have always had a lot of curves – even my head is curved.”

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GH: A Chiefs OTC is coming later today…

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23 Responses to OTC: Jason Whitlock Talks To Parkins & Carrington On 610’s The Drive About Royals, ESPN Gig & His Curvy Style

  1. Gavin says:

    “I understand that ESPN has money to burn but is there a real need for a website that caters to black sports fan readers? This would seem to me to be a step back rather than forward in race relations. Can’t we all just get along – and read the same sports page?”

    Because god forbid that there be any sort of a niche presence on the web, right?

    • Jim says:

      Well, they won’t have to worry about any NASCAR coverage.

    • Kyle says:

      I think the point is, if there was a white grantland, would there not be an uproar over that?

      • Gavin says:

        Fair enough. But I think there already *IS* a White Grantland. It’s called “Grantland.”

      • Gavin says:

        But not to joke too much, I don’t think anyone would be stupid enough to call it “White Grantland,” but Grantland clearly has Caucasian people as its target demographic. There’s lots and lots of media (both old and new media) focused on African-Americans (The Root, The Grio, “Jet” and “Ebony” all come to mind). I don’t think there’s a huge uproar over the existence of those outlets and their focus on the Black Experience.

        • Jim says:

          Blacks “experience” sports differently than whites? Wow. Things I didn’t know.

          I guess that’s why they have late night commercials and a website called “Meet Black People.com”. They must experience dating differently, too. Weird.

          • Gavin says:

            I see we’ve reached the sarcastic portion of today’s show.

            You really don’t think that members of a minority group might experience something, even something communal like sports, differently than people in the majority? In a world where racially motivated taunting of players is still a thing, you don’t think that spectators might have a slightly different lens through which they view the same event? In a world where the owner of an NBA franchise specifically tells his mistress to not have her photograph taken with black dudes because he’s concerned about what kind of attention this will bring to HIM, you never stopped to consider that black people might have a different notion of what it means to attend a game and how they view it? When the owner of the Hawks, a team based in Atlanta (sometimes referred to as the Black Capital of the United States) sends out emails where he expresses his concern that white people might not be going to games because so many black people ARE, you really think that your experience is going to be the same?

            • Kyle R says:

              All good points Gavin, but Grantland has multiple black writers and a huge focus on the NFL and NBA, both of which are the most popular sports among that audience, so I see the point. It’s similar to the ESPN W site, which is nice I guess but it also seems to trivialize stories that only appear there and not on ESPN.com.

              • Gavin says:

                All very true. However, if ESPN doesn’t think that it’s making enough money and there’s more money to be made with an all-black site, of course they’re going to do that. Grantland may have a lot of black writers but the indications are that there’s not enough of an African American audience.

  2. Kyle says:

    My favorite part was when he said he still follows the Chiefs and said in the same breath that they needed to find a TE for Alex to throw to. The guys asked him if he had heard of Travis Kelce and he had no clue who he was. Yep Jason, you are certainly following the Chiefs.

  3. Kyle R says:

    I’ve never heard/seen Whitlock in person so I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s event at the NLBM featuring him and benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater KC – should be fun!

  4. The Word says:

    The intrview made me think God that Whitlock is gone. He was the most overated, lazy columnist in Star History.

    Remember some of his columns or issues?

    Spending months on UMKC and Bob Thomas.

    Talking MIAA football declairing one team the best in the country after seeing one game? BTW that team he gushed over, didn’t even win the MIAA.

    During Royals season, writing a column about NCAA football video game.

    Mark Mangino and his weight issue.

    Not knowing anything about baseball in a town with only two pro sports teams.

    Undefeated Cheifs season.

    Trying to ruin 810’s charity event.

    Writing about Tiger Woods when Tom Watson was ontop of the leaderboard at the British Open.

    Talking endlessly about the NBA is a city were the clossest team at that time is in Chicago.

    I can go on and on.

  5. Ken says:

    Thanks for letting us know he was going to be on. I heard most of it and enjoyed hearing from him.

    Plus the one caller who said 2 gates and Diamond Joes closed just after he left made me laugh outloud…

    • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

      Ah Diamond Joe’s…remember running into Bill Haselman, Jose Canseco, and Roger Clemens back in 1996 at Diamond Joe’s when they were in town with the Red Sox. Canseco was throwing around some serious dollars that night.

  6. The Word says:

    “GH: A Chiefs OTC is coming later today…”

    Who won that game? All i heard of today was a Muslim player praying.

  7. Godlesssailor says:

    That was entertaining and fun radio.

  8. carelessdonkey says:

    I listened to the first part of the interview and just found it pretty boring. I guess I just don’t really care what Jason Whitlock thinks of social media. Other than the event he was promoting, I didn’t understand the point of having him on.

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