Universally despised Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti abruptly quit his job yesterday. The controversial columnist, best known for his appearances on the ESPN tv show “Around the Horn,” had been with the paper since 1991.
Mariotti says he realized while covering the Olympics in China this month that sports journalism has become “entirely a Web site business.” Mariotti added that people at both Chicago papers are “hanging on for dear life” and says his next job will probably be online.
Although the fact that Mariotti made those comments to the Chicago Tribune (the Sun-Times chief competitor) makes you wonder if there isn’t more to this story.
Mariotti has become somewhat of a disdained figure on the internet. Sites like Deadspin.com regularly ridicule Mariotti for writing critical comments about players and coaches yet refusing to set foot in a locker room to confront those he writes about.
Mariotti’s feud with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is legendary.
WHITE SOX MANAGER OZZIE GUILLEN CELEBRATES JAY MARIOTTI’S DEPARTURE