OTC: Whitlock’s Apology Phone Call To Nick Wright Goes Wrong

“Jason Whitlock has called back to apologize to Nick.”
@610SportsKC, Twitter
GH: 610 Sports sent this tweet out Tuesday just after five o’clock to alert listeners that Whitlock was back in the 610 house for the second day in a row. Let’s just say I do not think the apology went quite as planned…by either party. Read on.

“What I did (to you Monday) was unfair. I was bored and sick and I’m just entertaining myself. I was talking to a friend who said, ‘That wasn’t even fair. You’re 44 and you’re screwing with a kid. You gotta be better than that.’ I’m coming from a real place.”
Jason Whitlock, speaking to Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: As real as Whitlock was attempting to be, it did not impress Wright – who I am guessing was not happy with being addressed as if he was still at Barstow. Like most who are on the suspended-in-air-side of a teeter-totter relationship, Wright lashed out.  

“I thought I came across better than you yesterday (Monday).”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: I suppose this is at least debatable. But I scored Monday’s bout 13-0 Whitlock on my card. The only reason it went the distance was Pork Chop was too winded after dialing the phone to land a knockout uppercut.

“At one point yesterday you said you went to a school far more embarrassing than Bishop Miege. Which totally reflects, Nick, what you feel. You believe that’s embarrassing, ‘So let me try to do this dance or pretend deal that hey, I’m more street and I’m this guy,’ rather than being what you experienced – two parents and putting you in a private school. That’s actually a blessing. You should celebrate that.”
Jason Whitlock, 610 AM
GH: Whitlock seized this telling comment from Wright as to the crux of his argument that the kid from Barstow is in denial. I think it is a haymaker point.

“That was a poor choice of words on my behalf. I shouldn’t have said, ‘More embarrassing (than Bishop Miege).’ What I should have said is, ‘More ritzy.’ ”
Nick Wright, on his comment that he was embarrassed to have attended Barstow School, 610 AM
GH: Whitlock was not buying that this comment was a mere slip of the beanie from Wright. Read on.

“Everybody that listens to your show knows that (the word) embarrassing, while you may have said it off the top of your head, that’s how you actually feel and how you present yourself. I understand trying to come back 24 hours later and trying to recast it, but that’s how you feel. You’re embarrassed about that.”
Jason Whitlock, 610 AM

“You’re right. Maybe there is some deep pocket of my soul that reveals something about me.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: I don’t know if Wright believes this or simply said it to placate Whitlock. I would like to think the former but I believe it to be the latter.

“I’m not sure you know this. My future wife and kids are black. From what you said yesterday, that seems to be a part of this role I’m playing. Like I did that and I’m making those decisions to add some intangible street credibility. That’s an incredibly insulting presence – that I am leading my life and involving other people in my life to play some role.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: I hope Nick is somewhere in the public eye five years from now so he can look back on this time in his life and tell us what the hell he was thinking. But I doubt very much he will be anywhere near a microphone in 2016.

“I understand why it’s off-putting because it’s uncomfortable. I just don’t think you’re the only person who struggles with your identity and makes a lot of your decisions that seem right at the time, but as they mature they figure out, man, I was actually struggling with my identity.”
Jason Whitlock, 610 AM
GH: Wright isn’t all that different from most of us in their mid-20s. We think we know what we want, who we want and who we are. What we discover at the age of 40 is that people in their mid-20s are more clueless about themselves than maybe any other time of their lives. Whitlock was merely trying to impair this wisdom on Nick – and having known Whitlock in his 20s, I can assure you he was speaking from experience.

“You want to have radio success. And if you do, your battle is probably going to have to start off the air more than on the air – and that’s getting really comfortable with who you really are and being able to project that on the air. The reason you’re not connecting at the level you want to despite talent and work ethic is people can see the discomfort in you even though you can’t see it in yourself.”
Jason Whitlock, 610 AM

“The one place that I am more at peace with than any is my own personal identity.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Maybe Nick is the 26-year-old Gandhi of radio. He has figured out the meaning of life and sports talk at the age when most of us are still trying to just get our car insurance premium under four figures.

“Based on your reaction, you’re in a lot of denial.”
Jason Whitlock, 610 AM

“It is the most arrogant thing I have ever heard you say. … Not only that I pretend (to be someone else) but that I don’t even know that I pretend. That I am that mixed up in my head about my race and my private-school upbringing.”
Nick Wright, on Whitlock’s comment that Wright is in denial about who he is, 610 AM
GH: I thought Wright knew Whitlock better than this – he has made waaaaay more arrogant comments than this. “I am going to run the Kansas City Marathon,” for starters.  

“As a radio host, you can get caught up in the small, little group of followers. We all have people who are in our choir. … You can get caught up in entertaining the 10 people who get you and get your show and have no idea that there are 10,000 other people who don’t get it.”
Jason Whitlock, 610 AM
GH: Every person in the media or who has a public persona should read Whit’s above comment every morning when they get out of bed – and then abide by it. It is not your posse that is of value. It is your potential posse that you should pursue.

“I know that both you and I have hosted afternoons against Kevin Kietzman on 610. I know that both you and I have lost to Kevin Kietzman in the afternoons to Kevin Kietzman on 610. I also know that this afternoon show is the highest rated afternoon show in the history of this radio station.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: The girlfriend in Nick poked through his skirt with this jab. Who hasn’t had a fight with their lady and heard her toss back a like grenade? It’s not me, it’s you.

“There’s always a chance I could be wrong. I don’t believe I’m wrong. Your reaction confirms to me that I’m right. It’s not the first time you’ve heard it, Nick. And I’m not trying to brutalize you over it.”
Jason Whitlock, 610 AM
GH: Many (Nick more than any) believe Whitlock’s calls to Wright were meant to demean, belittle and embarrass. I think Whitlock was just telling Wright what he thinks. Anyone who has a passing relationship with JW knows this is simply his MO. In my opinion Whitlock was trying to help Wright. It is rarely your friends who tell you what you need to hear. It is often the other guys.

“I think you’re a good person overall – without question. Hell, I don’t really like Kietzman! I’d like to see you have the success.”
Jason Whitlock, 610 AM
GH: This statement shouldn’t shock anyone. But it is clear Whitlock will likely not be returning to 810 anytime soon.

“Until you get in this place where you don’t sound like a groupie on air and your heart doesn’t flutter every time a black athlete pays any attention to you, the success that you want to have will not happen.”
Jason Whitlock, 610 AM

“Set the black athlete thing aside because that’s nonsense!”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Wright just refuses to listen to constructive criticism – which is all Whitlock is offering here. What legit member of the media publicly brags about how he parties and hangs with professional athletes? It’s a rookie mistake that Wright continues to make well after his rookie season wore off.

“I’m telling you – you gotta move passed that and become a grown-ass man. And then all these people that you want acceptance from, they’ll give you some real acceptance that will benefit you professionally and personally.”
Jason Whitlock, 610 AM
GH: You might not like Whitlock but the guy gave Wright some plain old commonsense advice that the kid could sure use.

“Have I allowed friendships with players that are in the city that I cover cloud some of my ability to objectively cover them? That’s a fair critique.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: How many of these “friendships with players” have involved white players?

“I wish you luck, success… It’s like me battling my weight…”
Jason Whitlock, 610 AM
GH: As Whitlock moved to compare his weight issues to Wright’s identity issues, Wright cut him off abruptly. Read on.

“No disrespect Jason but at this point we’re going to agree to disagree. Your weight is a problem. It’s something you want to fix. Me listening to the music I do, dating the woman I date, having the friends that I have, have not had any negative impact on my life. … God bless you man, but I’m done with the conversation. (CLICK) Jason Whitlock, talk to him again never I suppose.”
Nick Wright, as he hung up on The Whitlock and ended their conversation, 610 AM
GH: For those who believe Wright to be a budding savvy voice in radio, I offer this hang-up as proof he is floundering as to how to present and market a successful radio show. The best two segments of the year on Wright’s show were Whitlock’s two phone calls. I don’t think that is even arguable. But Wonder Boy gets his nose hairs so starched over Whit’s characterization of him as a poser that he hangs up on him. Where is the confidence in that move? That is a bitch move. I could hear Whitlock laughing as he hung up his receiver all the way from LA.

“Kansas City, mark Sept. 5, 2011 on your calendars.”
Jason Whitlock, posting this on Twitter shortly after Wright ended their interview with a hang-up, Twitter
GH: 610 Sports’ Carrington Harrison retweeted this from Whitlock after the interview. I had no idea what it meant – but Nick Wright had his own interpretation. Read on.

“So that’s the day I get fired for Whitlock? Is that the impression I’m supposed to glean from that? September 5th 2-6 PM is my last day here? I better use up some of my vacation, man. Unbelievable.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Wright apparently thinks Whitlock is interested in bouncing him from the 610 afternoon drive slot to take on Kevin Kietzman one more time. Oh, how Kansas City sports talk radio (and my OTC column ) could use those fireworks!

“Thank goodness for (Danny) Parkins and (Bob) Fescoe and the Royals – giving this station a ratings bump. Or else I would have been gone months ago.”
Nick Wright, with more than a tad of sarcasm in his tone, 610 AM
GH: I took this as a shot at his coworkers’ shows on 610 Sports and the Royals’ radio broadcasts – which have definitely helped Wright’s ratings this spring. It sounded mean. There’s that bitch again. Despite the verbal slams at Fescoe and Parkins, they came to Wright’s defense.

“Who is Jason Whitlock to tell Nick Wright how to live his life?”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: This from Fescoe, who has stated that all women who wear red lipstick “are whores.” Priceless.

“I’m willing to dismiss (Whitlock) and never utter his name on this show again.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: Maybe Parkins and his callers can refer to Whitlock as Voldemort from now on.

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38 Responses to OTC: Whitlock’s Apology Phone Call To Nick Wright Goes Wrong

  1. James says:

    Have to disagree with every single one of your points. Scored monday 13-0 wright. Its a joke for any individual to tell a total stranger they are a fake. And whitlock gets extra douche points for essentially telling nick to “act white.” Thats 1. Assuming all whites AND all blacks like totally different things and its impossible for one group to like something in the other category 2. Where you grew up or went to hs determines exactly who you are and what you believe, like and belong. Guess all those kids from struggling schools or poor neighborhoods (like my own) should just give up now, since it totally defines their character and future. According to whitlock anyway…

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  4. Eric Clarkson says:

    Has anyone listened to Whitlock on the Jim Drone Show? Talk about someone not being themselves… nauseating. Maybe 610 figures they have 810 “on the ropes” and will bring Whitlock in to deliver the knockout punch??? Whitlock will eventually get bored and move back to L.A. or wherever he thinks it’s cool to be at that time. Maybe he’ll go LeBron and take his appetite to Miami?