Jason Whitlock’s exit from right-leaning sports website OutKick was surprising, as he was one of the more prominent voices at the website.
Whitlock left Clay Travis’ site in January after a little over six months. He was given a standard sendoff with the site wishing him the best, but Whitlock then cryptically tweeted, “Do not believe anything written or said about me unless I say it. All else is Fake News.”
In an interview with Front Office Sports, the controversial sportscaster told his side of the split, claiming it was due to a disagreement over $500,000 that was supposed to be invested by Sam Savage, who runs consulting firm Savage Ventures.
Here is Whitlock’s full explanation:
“Both Clay and Sam told me directly (and my lawyer in writing) that Sam’s equity stake in OutKick was contingent on Sam investing $500,000. Shortly after I arrived at OutKick, my lawyer was told that things were going so well financially that Sam no longer needed to invest $500,000 to get an equity stake in OutKick,” Whitlock said.
“I objected. I confronted Clay and Sam about it. Clay said that he didn’t want to waste time or energy pursuing Sam’s investment. I found this preposterous and baffling. My equity in OutKick was based on ‘sweat.’ I believe my ‘sweat’ is far more valuable than Sam’s. Sam, of course, disagreed. He told me that my arrival at OutKick was a ‘kick in the nuts’ and that all three of us should own one-third of OutKick.
“Sam refused to pay the $500,000 and his consulting firm, Savage Ventures, charged OutKick $42,000 a month for work that I deemed amateur. In my view, Sam Savage, the person with the smallest stake in OutKick and the least amount of value, exercised the most control over the company.
“I told Clay in November that I was going to exit OutKick unless Savage invested the $500,000 he committed and we backed away from using Savage Ventures. It was a bad business deal, a byproduct of my failure to properly vet my business partners.”
This type of conflict has been a staple of Whitlock’s career. He was suspended by the Kansas City Star for heckling fans at a Chiefs game, had controversial exits while bouncing between Fox Sports and ESPN, then infamously was handed the keys to ESPN’s race and culture website, The Undefeated, but failed to even get the website off the ground with rampant reports of mismanagement.
“OutKick provided Jason access to all information necessary to make an informed business decision regarding joining the company,” OutKick said in a statement to Front Office.
“Nothing at all was misrepresented to him — or his lawyer — in any way whatsoever. He chose to leave after a short tenure and as we said over a month ago on the site when we announced he was leaving, we continue to wish him well.”
In his short time at OutKick, Whitlock landed an interview with President Trump and was a frequent guest on Fox News programming. Front Office reported that Whitlock could land with Fox News or Blaze Media next.
Originally published at https://nypost.com/2021/02/12/jason-whitlock-claims-he-left-outkick-website-over-500k-argument/ on .