7 Takeaways From Colin Cowherd’s Interview With Jason Whitlock
The moment of truth, ladies and gentlemen. Former Fox Sports columnist-turned-former-ESPN-personality-turned-Fox-Sports-something-we're-not-sure-yet, Jason Whitlock, jumped on Colin Cowherd's simulcast show to explain his tumultuous stint at ESPN as the editor-in-chief of The Undefeated.
He explained nothing.
Here's what we took away from the 45-minute interview...
7) He used to smoke weed with his 26-year-old roommate when he first moved to Los Angeles but never smoked as editor of The Undefeated.
"When i first got here i let a 26-year-old move in with me and she had a medical marijuana license and i would be sitting on my balcony two or three nights a week getting high with her. She couldn't sleep without it."
6) He will be a regular on Colin Cowherd's FS1 simulcast radio show.
5) He carefully compares his departure from ESPN to the final episode of of "Roots," a miniseries about slavery.
"I've got to be careful. I would more compare it to the final episode of "roots" it's freedom. i feel free today. I feel like jason whitlock today. i feel like the journalist i've always been. the opinion maker i've always been. i feel free to be me and not being persecuted to be me. so it's an overwhelming sense of relief and joy."
4) He admits his management style was better suited for a football locker room than a newsroom.
"i am a very flawed human being and i've never hid that and so i'm someone who makes mistakes, like the overwhelming majority of people i have come in contact with. so i don't have a problem with people pointing out mistakes i've made. i come from a sports background. i grew up in the church. my leadership model and concept probably works better for a football locker room than a newsroom setting, all fair criticisms. but there was far more to what was transpiring at a start-up company that never started up. start-ups have problems. start ups and new managers have problems. they work through them. they get trained. a lot of things happen. mistakes are made. i don't know if you are hired very many people but hiring people is really hard."
3) Brady Hoke failed at Michigan because he wasn't smart enough to talk to the players.
"brady hoke was the right fit at ball state not at michigan. i went to ball state. i love my school. love the kids from it. i representative of that. average ball player, i'm speculating probably sat score in 800, i don't know. average michigan football player average sat score in900 maybe pushing 1,000 that difference in intellect you have to connect with the michigan kids at a slightly higher level than ball state kid. brady hoke is an every man guy went to ball state, he's a miller light drinker, i don't know, he's a regular guy. couldn't get that message high enough to really motivate those kids in the michigan locker room."
2) He will not name names on air, but he urges you to check out his Tumblr where his "Explanation 2.0" essay does the name naming for him.
[j.school] There has been a plethora of long-form pieces written – mostly at Deadspin, but also at New York Magazine and Newsweek – that have framed a highly negative narrative about me, the project and a group of talented journalists who bought into my dream. The stories used anonymous quotes, emails and documents provided by a part-time secretary fired after five weeks, distorted facts and outright lies to paint me as some sort of evil madman...
Deadspin is the Worldwide Leader in sports journalism ombudsmanship. This is sad. An organization that occasionally stumbles upon journalism but mostly sensationalizes and bullies with its lack of journalistic standards, ethics and maturity exercises unprecedented influence over the profession of sportswriting.
1) He does not have a problem with criticism.
"I don't have a problem with criticism."
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