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A Love Letter, Starring Jason Whitlock & Deadspin

It was just another ordinary day here at Hernia headquarters, Shawn Bradley and Muggsy Bogues had commenced shoving match number three and Soda Popinski had just crane kicked the fax machine, when Jason Whitlock called.

What did he want?  Big Sexy said he just wants what’s fair is fair.  So in the name of incidents like the Sean Salisbury email meltdown and the Jay Mariotti hunt, he asked us to post this email he received from A.J. Daulerio at Deadspin.

Whitlock believes the content of the email proves Daulerio is no different than the people he criticizes.

Someday, may we all find a way to get along like B. Brian Blair and Jumpin Jim Brunzell:



  1. Stotts Era

    February 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    internet fight!

  2. Kyle Rohde

    February 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Ah, so this is why Jason asked if any bloggers wanted traffic.

  3. mrejr8234

    February 25, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Ahhahahahaha. Whitlock just shit all over A.J.

  4. bob

    February 25, 2010 at 3:20 pm


    Looks like you win the prize, TSH>

  5. KC Res

    February 25, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Nice work, TSH.

  6. brmh

    February 25, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Further proof that Daulerio is a douche and Deadspin is a joke

  7. theattack

    February 25, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    he asked you to post or you were the first sports blogger to respond to his twitter, looking for a bump. I’ve been following whitlock since he started his twitter account, and it generally is him making stupid and black man racist comments followed by people calling him out on it and his reposnding that no one gets his humor. I agree with Dauelerio, Whitlock is talented but lazy. And anyone who believes the Berman comment had nothing to do with the TK suspension has their head in the sand. And this is not quite Salsisbury level. IF I were AJ when i wrote that email i would have known it would end up in the blogs and done a better job writing it.

  8. ThatsSoTaguchi

    February 25, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    needs more mention of the sexy twitter back and forth.

  9. ThatsSoTaguchi

    February 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Why did you feel the need to black out Whitlock@_______ when you got that address he freely showed on twitter?

  10. Matt

    February 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Whitlock is an idiot- I’ve always thought so, but this pissing war doesn’t make any sense…It won’t hurt Deadspin, because that’s what people expect, but Whitlock comes off as petty in this whole thing…(I never got Whitlock’s shtick for what it’s worth).

  11. paul

    February 25, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Ha, I’m not sure Whitlock knew how much traffic you get here at Sportshernia. In any case, great snag! I don’t really come down on one side or the other, but this does make for great entertainment.

  12. Mario Losasso

    February 25, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Good for your blog getting the bump, but Big Sexy is being a baby. Deadspin credited TBL. Then TBL admited their source heard the berman stuff too. Seems to me that Big Sexy is being kind of a baby about this.

    But good for you blog!

  13. R. Weintraub

    February 25, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Cocaine’s a hell of a drug.

  14. Upstate Underdog

    February 25, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Curious to see what AJ response will be to Whitlock’s response.

  15. cgb

    February 25, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    For a love letter, I expected more skin to be shown.

  16. Tapps

    February 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Whoa…I also responded to Whitlock’s “offer.” Didn’t know this was coming. Kind of glad now that it wasn’t me. Although, good for you guys, seriously. But this whole thing is turning into such a cock-waving contest

  17. Natalie Dylan

    February 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Daulerio is handsome when he’s mad. So muscular when he’s emailing so….Daulerio when he’s nattering.

  18. Orion Q. Pickletickle

    February 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Nobody invite Greg Oden!

  19. stu

    February 25, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Needs a #mediameltdowns tag.

  20. Ickey Scuffle

    February 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Although I’m not always an AJ fan, he makes a few pretty valid points about Whitlock throughout. (Albeit with some needless cheap shots.) And his email is hardly the kind of poorly written (and barely lucid) rant Salisbury was firing off to Deadspin. If Whitlock has evidence AJ’s ESPN source is bullshit, he should come out and show it. Otherwise, he’s engaging in the very same baseless speculation about the intentions of a rival media outlet that he’s accusing AJ of doing with ESPN.

  21. RexKramerDangerSeeker

    February 25, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    So who is Daulerio’s “pretty obvious” source?

  22. eric

    February 25, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    im embarrassed for aj

  23. xextremex

    February 25, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    AJ clearly came out on top here.


    //wants AJ on top

  24. Clay Travis' Deadspin Tenure

    February 25, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    AJ might be an ass here, AJ might be a little thin-skinned here, but AJ’s not actually…wrong here.

  25. Barry

    February 25, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    The always appropriate:

  26. mcbias

    February 25, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Ha, that’s a classic AJ “Get my name out of your mouth” email all right. And I thought I was the only one who got them!
    /tears down laminated emails from walls
    //rips open another Cheetos bag, sulks under blanket fort in mom’s basement

  27. Marcus

    February 25, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I just want AJ to make up his mind. When he’s going back and forth on Twitter with Whitlock he says he didn’t intend for the article to seem like Berman was the reason Kornheiser was suspended. But in his e-mail he says it is and the Hannah Storm issue is a smoke screen. Pick a side.

  28. Darth Vader

    February 25, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Blog envy is gay fellas.

  29. guy incognito

    February 25, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Douche bag fight!

  30. Rogersworthe

    February 25, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    “Don’t just throw shit at the walls to entertain the mindless drones.”

    Yeah, Deadspin would NEVER do that. Just don’t ever search anything related to, ESPN, Horndogs, or Dossiers please.

  31. Bob's Blitz

    February 25, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Wow, does Jason Whitlock over react or what?

    His Hannah Storm article is typical terrible – spends the entire article explaining why Kornheiser thing is no big deal only to close with yeah he needs to be suspended and then this? He leaks a letter?

    Why? FoxSports doesn’t need the PageViews. This is something that a non-established site would publish if they had dialogue with Deadspin in order to generate buzz. But FoxSports?

    Kudos to the Hernia for being damn quick and getting this. That’s the coup.

    Watch…FoxSports to acquire Deadspin…coming to a tweet near you!

  32. mrejr8234

    February 25, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    clay travisavis …a.j. is wrong because he pulled the “thebiglead says this is why TK was suspended but we have the real reason” even though the real reason was wrong.

  33. Scott

    February 25, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I don’t get it. Deadspin is outright saying that the Berman comments had something to do with the suspension, but then AJ says on Twitter “I’m telling you it didn’t mean to suggest that. ”

  34. Mik

    February 25, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Will Leitch is rolling over in his grave on what has happened to Deadspin.

    /Charles Barkley-ed

  35. you

    February 25, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    AJ obviously has a temper. Whitlock probably knew that and set him off. Daulerio overreacted more than whitlock. One writer criticizes AJ and aj flips the shit. Its just Whitlock, any sensible person takes everything he says with a grain of salt. Whitlock knew AJ would overreact, and set him off on purpose because hes an instigator. Bad move by AJ to overreact like this….

  36. John

    February 25, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    How do we know that Berman wasn’t the real reason?

  37. Paolo X

    February 25, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Excellent analysis though in this instance, Whitlock wins.

    I’d cheer for Whitlock to get the horse back before the cart and actually generate some content that is not characteristic of his tired and old “quit beatin’ down da black man I’m a disgruntled middle-aged black man who won’t leave the recent past” schtick, but then again as he’s had ample chance to do so already he’s shown himself for the chump he is with no more game. He’s just the same as I called out his ass literally on 8 May 2009 on another website.

    So I guess now Whitlock has found a new talent to focus on witty responses and tactics like this one to expose blogger hypocrisy. I would wish him more success with that but …nah …

  38. Paolo X

    February 25, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Yeah because 30 tweets each is so much better than typing out a concise paragraph to make the core points of course …assuming most of Gen Y can still type out a paragraph at this point …Twitter to the shitter!

  39. Paolo X

    February 25, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Potential legal issues …so much speech is still only free if you have a bankroll to fight frivolous legal actions by others who do …

  40. Paolo X

    February 25, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    It’s easy to get …it’s the same ol’ tired shit as from Chris Rock and Stephen A. Smith, though Smith is solid some of the time …but look where their careers have gone ha ha ha ha …damn I miss Dave Chappelle though, but his time has passed too.

  41. s

    February 25, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    This blog fuckin sucks

  42. TheSportsHernia

    February 25, 2010 at 6:04 pm


  43. F

    February 25, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    How exactly is AJ wrong? Whitlock IS dismissing him without doing any legwork. All he’s saying is, “AJ’s making stuff up to hate on Berman.” But it doesn’t look like he is.

  44. Paolo X

    February 25, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    (See my comments above as well)

    To Whitlock the truth of the content on a BLOG does not matter you see. For him the problem is not the message it is the medium.

    He’s a throwback lamenting the old days of offline sports journalism in which journalistic cronies circle-jerked with athletes for “favas” and with each other akin that which he used to engage with his “homey” Stuart Scott, whom the majority of folks can’t stand but there he is still on ESPN for no good reason. Whitlock is the sort of guy who would probably speak in favour of Tiger Woods all the same too. Go ahead ask him his views on Tiger and see if he hammers him (yeah right!).

    Whitlock came on another blog last year on 8 May 2009, and I exposed his true agenda to marginalise the blogs. He then left the room instead of confronting the charges stating that I did not understand his post but offering no specifics to affirm his position. I’d expect such dismissive arrogance from such a chump full of shit and nothing has changed since but perhaps his wit as evidenced in this exposure of Daulerio.

  45. mrejr8234

    February 25, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Berman wasn’t mentioned by name like Storm was. I think saying it was becasue of berman is a reach..

  46. Rogersworthe

    February 25, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Lets just acknowledge they both suck at journalism and move on to mocking Daulerio’s mustache and Whitlock for being so many things.

  47. Paolo X

    February 25, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    So when’s the post on Tony Kornheiser in which we can slam him for being both of the following:

    1) Dan Snyder’s boy for managed dissent in fascist Metro DC

    2) A frequent ass who mocks his co-workers in subtle fashion all the time. He took some subversive shots at Rachel Nichols recently too. Sure I don’t care for her either, but really, what did she do to him?

    Kornheiser belongs on DC radio where he shines amongst largely the local Washingtonian bureaucratic overpaid good government bullshit shovelers. And wow can they sure shovel shit down there but damned if they’ll shovel themselves out of snow any time soon!

  48. Paolo X

    February 25, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Yeah dude man I have nothing original to say because I am just another dumbfuck bojack douchebag loser with shit for brains man …I’m trying to tweet SportsNation now dude on my new Blackberry man …and I live in a hip little town called Jerkwater on the line of Ohio and Pennsylvania too man.

  49. tyduffy

    February 25, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    God, I thought my ego was engorged.

  50. Jeff

    February 25, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Daulerio is an ass and always has been. Whitlock is also an ass but at least he has some talent. I like Magary on Deadspin, but the rest of the site is National Enquirer terrible. Fuck Daulerio for pretending he’s a journalist when he posts stories like “Unnamed person says Tony Kornheiser thinks Chris Berman’s a fat load” or “Anonymous bouncer claims he saw Tiger Woods screw bimbo.” That’s not journalism, those aren’t even newsworthy stories. He challenges Whitlock to discredit him, it would be a lot easier if AJ weren’t always using anonymous (read: unreliable or possibly made up) sources.

    AJ’s like that little shit-stirrer you knew back in junior high who would sit there and say “I won’t tell you who, but someone you know’s been talking a lot of shit about you.” I would be more willing to accept his anger if he were a good writer. I would be more willing to accept his anger if he went out and found meaningful stories. As it stands, Daulerio is a mediocre writer, a bad journalist, and a worse human being.

  51. huzzah

    February 25, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    yeah, that line definitely wins the “pot calling the kettle a name that would probably offend whitlock” award.

  52. huzzah

    February 25, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I am all for transparency in journalistic practices and all that, but I really hope that Deadspin wakes up at some point and realizes just how few of us actually give a shit about what’s going on at ESPN. The network shows me sports, often entertains me, occasionally irritates me, and all in all I could not possibly care less what goes on behind the scenes. The personal lives of Tony Kornheiser, Chris Berman, and anybody else could not possibly be any less pertinent to my interests.

    I’m not trying to moralize this, I’m not going to pretend to hold blogs (or anybody else, at this point) to any hypocritical standards of journalistic ethics. It’s simply that Deadspin’s “look at how fucked up Bristol is!” schtick is as tired and predictable as Whitlock’s “stop bringin’ the wealthy black athlete down!” routine. Move on, for the love of Christ.

  53. CMG

    February 25, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    This is the words of Jon Stewart is a good, old-fashioned ‘douche-off’. AJ wins because he is just one major creeper keyboard warrior.

  54. lulu

    February 25, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Am I understanding this right. AJ Daulerio sent Jason Whitlock a e-mail and then he turns around and puts him on blast? Looks like someone is a snitch.

  55. Shut up MCB, seriously.

    February 25, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    No, that’s why not AJ hates you. Everyone hates you for having no sense of humor about anything, ever. You have more righteous indignation about the dumbest shit than Mariotti and Bayless combined.

  56. SonofSpurrier

    February 26, 2010 at 12:50 am

    whitlock needs to have another doughnut, you fat pig

  57. CMG

    February 26, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Whitlock actually likes some blogs, interviews with them, and the idea that he gets along with Stuart Scott is stupid. He did not even identify Scott with the text incident that AJ had b/c he hates Scott playing a black stereotype. His main issue is with Leitch and AJ because they are closer to TMZ than this blog and other sports blogs.

  58. Paolo X

    February 26, 2010 at 1:22 am

    You are not familiar with Whitlock’s past in defending Stuart A. Scott for nothing more than they are buds in the name of “professionalism”; Scott was part of his old-school media circle. It’s news to me that he hates Scott otherwise as you claim.

    And as far as him liking any blogs, maybe he likes this one at least because it’s mostly in humour and he did contact Hernia, but otherwise I call bullshit on that by the implications of his article and defense of it back on TBL on 8 May 2009. Look it up.

  59. Paolo X

    February 26, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Shit it’s just Stuart Scott damnit.

  60. Paolo X

    February 26, 2010 at 1:28 am

    As intrusive, obnoxious, and East Coast slanted as ESPN is on my fuckin’ cable, I am hardly the only one who damn well gives a shit what I am payin’ for when I do pay for it. Let me guess you live on the East Coast and don’t see the bias? The way they covered the NBA and slanted against the Lakers last year was ridiculous too. Geez they only put up digs at long, long, long last in LA a year ago!

    I could care less about the personal lives of folks though, but Tony Kornheiser on air is not his personal life it is his professional life what is your point?

    And no Whitlock’s schtick is far older and far more tired than Daulerio’s and others who slam ESPN off its fuckin’ high horse rightfully.

    What are you some shill for them living in NYC Metro? Yankee fan? Lebron? Brett Favre? How ’bout them Cowboys? J-E-T-S? And so on …

  61. Paolo X

    February 26, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Actually he prefers Wendy’s, but I am not sure if it is for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  62. bigyo

    February 26, 2010 at 9:44 am

    it seems to me like whitlock is the ass here, not daulerio.

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