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