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Jason Whitlock
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    (April 27, 1967- )
    Born in Indianapolis, Indiana
    Sportswriter for The Kansas City Star and
    Former radio personality for Kansas City's WHB and KCSP, hosting 'Jason Whitlock’s Neighborhood' and 'The Doghouse'
    Former contibutor to ESPN, guest-hosting 'Pardon the Interruption,' 'Jim Rome is Burning,' 'The Sports Reporters' and appearing on 'Outside the Lines'
    He is obese.
    Though he lettered as an offensive tackle at Ball State U. in 1987 and 1988, he never made it to the pros.
    He was fired from ESPN in 2006 for calling colleague Scoop Jackson a 'clown' and say 'publishing his fake ghetto posturing is an insult to black intelligence.'
    He also called colleague Mike Lupica an 'an insecure, mean-spirited busybody.'
    Some in the black community have accused him of writing harsh articles about black athletes behaving badly, while giving a pass to white athletes.
    He received notoriety in 2007 for thanking Don Imus, who made a crude statement about the Rutgers women's basketball team, writing, 'You've given [the black community] an excuse to avoid our real problem...Our real problem is that we're not willing to accept responsibility for our role in this ...We've allowed our kids to adopt a hip-hop culture that's been perverted and corrupted by prison values.'
    He earned a degree in journalism from Ball State in 1990.
    He has worked for Bloomington Herald Times, The Charlotte Observer and the Ann Arbor News, and has written articles for AOL Sports, Vibe Magazine, The Sporting News and Playboy.
    His Playboy article about America's incarceration and drug-war policies was headlined 'The Black KKK' by the editorial director, causing a backlash from him and most readers.
    He is not afraid to tackle controversial issues, and has been praised for mixing sports commentary with social commentary.
    When Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton weighed in on the Don Imus incident, he publicly stated they have no business speaking on behalf of the black community, and are poor leaders compared to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.
    He played high school football and is a best friend of Jeff George, claiming to be 'the founding and last dues-paying member of the Jeff George Fan Club.'
    He is a spokesman for the non-profit organization 'Big Brothers Big Sisters' in the Kansas City area.
    He has earned several journalism awards, including the Scripps Howard Foundation's 'National Journalism Award' for commentary, the first sports writer so honored (March 7, 2008).
    Commenting on community pride, he stated, 'Until black men and women develop a deeper sense of self-respect, they can't expect respect from others. In the history of mankind, no one has ever received more respect than they're willing to give themselves.'

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