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Jason Lee Whitlock (born April 27, 1967) is an American sports journalist. He co-hosts the daily sports TV show Speak For Yourself alongside Marcellus Wiley on Fox Sports 1. Whitlock is a former sportswriter for ESPN and a former columnist at the Kansas City Star, AOL Sports and Foxsports.com, as well as a radio personality for WHB and KCSP sports stations in the Kansas City area. Whitlock played Division I college football at Ball State as an offensive lineman.[1]

Jason Whitlock
Born
Jason Lee Whitlock

(1967-04-27) April 27, 1967 (age 52)
Alma materBall State University (B.A., 1990)
Career
ShowSpeak for Yourself
Station(s)Fox Sports Radio
Fox Sports 1
Fox News

Journalism careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Whitlock's first job was working part-time for The Herald-Times in Bloomington, Indiana.[2] His first full-time job was as a reporter for The Charlotte Observer. After approximately one year there, he joined the Ann Arbor News in 1992 and spent two years covering the University of Michigan.[3]

Kansas City StarEdit

In 1994, Whitlock was hired by the Kansas City Star. The Scripps Howard Foundation awarded Whitlock its National Journalism Award for commentary on March 7, 2008. Whitlock was the first sportswriter to win the award and $10,000 prize. On August 16, 2010, the Kansas City Star announced Whitlock's departure from that paper.[4]

ESPNEdit

In 2002, Whitlock started writing columns for ESPN.com's Page 2. Whitlock had guest-hosted several ESPN TV shows, including Jim Rome Is Burning, and Pardon the Interruption. He was a regular fill-in host on The Jim Rome Show on Premiere Radio Networks. He also appeared regularly on ESPN's The Sports Reporters Outside the Lines.

Leaving ESPN for AOL SportsEdit

In 2006, Whitlock announced the departure of his online column from ESPN.com's Page 2 in favor of AOL Sports, but initially expected to continue his television work for ESPN. However, after the announcement, Whitlock was interviewed by sports blog The Big Lead, and disparaged two of his ESPN colleagues. Whitlock labeled Mike Lupica "an insecure, mean-spirited busybody", and called Robert "Scoop" Jackson a "clown", saying that "the publishing of [Jackson's] fake ghetto posturing is an insult to black intelligence." Jackson, like Whitlock, is African-American. Whitlock then disappeared from all ESPN television work. He soon announced to The Kansas City Star readers in September 2006 that he was fired altogether from ESPN as a result of his remarks; he wrote that the company doesn't tolerate criticism and acted as they saw fit.[5] Whitlock's first AOL Sports column was published September 29, 2006.

Fox SportsEdit

Whitlock's first Fox Sports on MSN column was published August 16, 2007. On February 10, 2012, in the middle of the Knicks' 92–85 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, with Jeremy Lin scoring a career-high 38 points, Whitlock posted on Twitter that "some lucky lady in NYC is gonna feel a couple inches of pain tonight."[6] Silvie Kim wrote in Hyphen that Whitlock "reinforced the insipid and insidious 'small Asian penis' stereotype.[7] The Asian American Journalists Association demanded an apology. Later, Whitlock said, "I debased a feel-good sports moment. For that, I'm truly sorry."[8][9]

Return to ESPNEdit

Whitlock originally expected to be an integral part of the launching of the Fox Sports 1 sports television channel in August 2013, but then came to feel that television work would come at the expense of his writing. Therefore, upon meeting with ESPN President John Skipper, Whitlock decided to leave Fox Sports and accept Skipper's offer to return to ESPN.[10]His new website 'The Undefeated.com'[11] was scheduled to launch on ESPN.com sometime in the summer of 2015. After over a year and a half of delays, ESPN announced that Whitlock would no longer serve as the editor in chief for 'The Undefeated', replaced on an interim basis by Leon Carter, the editorial director for the site.[12] In October 2015, Whitlock's employment at ESPN ended.

Return to Fox, including Fox News and SportsEdit

In 2016, Whitlock began a new show airing on Fox Sports 1, Speak for Yourself with Cowherd and Whitlock. His appearances on Fox have also included appearances on Fox News and Fox Business as a recurring analyst, making appearances on Tucker Carlson Tonight and Varney & Co. As of September 2018 Cowherd was replaced by Marcellus Wiley on Speak for Yourself.

Other workEdit

Whitlock has also been published in Vibe, Playboy, and The Sporting News. In the June 2008 issue of Playboy, he wrote a 5,000-word column questioning America's incarceration and drug-war policies. Playboy headlined the column "The Black KKK", which provoked Whitlock into writing two columns, one in the Kansas City Star and another on Foxsports.com, criticizing Playboy editorial director Chris Napolitano for the misleading and inflammatory headline.[13]

He was the host of a morning-drive talk show, "Jason Whitlock's Neighborhood" on Sports Radio 810 WHB.

Whitlock was the celebrity spokesman for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wyman, Elizabeth (March 15, 2017). "For the Record: TV host, former Ball State football player Jason Whitlock reflects on journalism career". Ball State Daily. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  2. ^ Jason Whitlock (June 24, 2011). "I drank all my benefits | Fox Sports". msn.foxsports.com. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  3. ^ Plambeck, Joseph (September 19, 2010). "Whitlock, Sports Columnist, Embraces Controversy". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "Columnist Jason Whitlock is leaving The Kansas City Star". Kansas City Star. August 16, 2010. Retrieved August 17, 2010.
  5. ^ Whitlock, Jason (September 24, 2006). "Freedom to speak has price". Kansas City Star. Retrieved November 27, 2006.
  6. ^ "Sunday's NBA notebook: Rajon Rondo's triple-double carries Celtics over Bulls". The Detroit News. Associated Press. February 12, 2012. Archived from the original on February 13, 2012.
  7. ^ Kim, Sylvie (February 13, 2012). "Spike, Jeremy, and Stopping "Asian Profi'Lin"". Hyphen. Archived from the original on February 14, 2012.
  8. ^ Schilken, Chuck (February 13, 2012). "Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock apologizes for Jeremy Lin tweet". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 13, 2012.
  9. ^ Dwyer, Kelly (February 13, 2012). "Jason Whitlock apologizes for his unfunny Jeremy Lin comment on Twitter". yahoo.com. Archived from the original on February 13, 2012.
  10. ^ Jason Whitlock (August 15, 2013). "The B.S. Report: Jason Whtilock" (Interview).
  11. ^ "The Undefeated at a closer look". Awful Announcing. Bloguin.
  12. ^ Block, Justin (June 12, 2015). "Jason Whitlock Out As Head Of 'The Undefeated'". The Huffington Post.
  13. ^ [1]

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