On Wednesday the Kansas City Star announced that long-time columnist Jason Whitlock would be leaving the newspaper.
Whitlock hadn't filed a sports column since the end of May and leading up to Wednesday, plenty of folks had their take on what was going on. The rumors ranged from contract disputes to editor problems and everything and anything in between.
Whitlock has been relatively silent throughout the ordeal -- a feat in itself -- but that silence will end on Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. on 610 Sports radio, where Whitlock will offer up what he's dubbed 'The Explanation'.
(Get it? Like LeBron's 'The Decision'? .... )
Starting at 3:00 p.m. on Nick Wright's show on 610 Sports, Whitlock will have three full hours to explain his absence from the Star and his ultimate decision to leave.
The first hour will be Whitlock by himself on the radio for one, commercial-free hour. The second hour will be him along with Wright doing an interview. The final hour will be taking calls.
That was just the first part of his "demands" to local media. He also requested $300 of Gates Barbecue and, the best part of it all, it will be simulcast live on Metro Sports, Kansas City's local sports station.
If you've ever crossed Whitlock's path, you should probably be afraid. Very afraid. I imagine this will be a no-holds-barred three hours of can't-miss radio.
Some have called him irrelevant over the past few years but if that was the case every sports talk radio show in Kansas City wouldn't have led their show talking about his departure.
For sports fans, there wasn't a more divisive character in Kansas City sports media history. People loved him, they hated him but, most importantly for the Star, they read him.
His first love was the Chiefs. As a former player himself, he did understand the game even if he had his own way of talking about it. He dubbed the name "King Carl" for Carl Peterson, which has stuck to this day.
'The Explanation' ... Coming soon.