With most of the media coverage being about the coronavirus, riots, and President Donald Trump, it’s hard for Americans to see news about just about anything else.
Fox Sports 1’s Jason Whitlock is no longer employed by the network after his contract expired over the weekend and was not renewed, according to Outkick the Coverage.
The website began questioning his status after noticing that he was not co-hosting Speak for Yourself when it aired on Monday, was not included in the program guide over the next several weeks, and had been removed from the show’s Twitter profile picture.
According to the resulting report, Whitlock and FS1 were unable to reach an agreement on terms for a renewed contract.
“Friday was Jason Whitlock’s last day with Fox Sports,” the source said. “We thank Jason for all of his hard work and dedication to the network, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
His broadcasting career included multiple stints at both Fox Sports and ESPN dating back to 2002. He began hosting Speak for Yourself in 2016 alongside co-hosts including Colin Cowherd and Marcellus Wiley.
Whitlock has confirmed he is no longer under contract with Fox Sports, though he declined to provide additional details about the circumstances of his departure or his possible next career move.
So, why does this matter?
Whitlock angered left-leaning hosts and networks for years because he did not support kneeling during the national anthem.
During an appearance back in 2018 on Fox News, Whitlock told host Tucker Carlson that he didn’t think the NFL should employ players who took a knee during the national anthem.
“They could have said to the players, ‘Look, we’re just gonna remove the national anthem from your involvement, everybody stay in the locker room, we’ll just do it with our fans,'” Whitlock said.
Jason Whitlock on new NFL policy: "I wish [Roger Goodell] would have just said, 'Look, if you come out and you disrespect the national anthem, you won't play. You'll still get paid, but you won't play.'" #Tucker https://t.co/5pxwgKHN2z pic.twitter.com/uoO7PuyMnE
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 24, 2018
Whitlock also went viral around the same time when he slammed former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and argued that he was only kneeling during the anthem for attention to make more money.
Check out Whitlock’s fiery comments below:
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) September 1, 2018
With these examples in mind, it may not seem like a coincidence that Whitlock just magically didn’t have his contract renewed after being in the sports world for nearly two decades.
He was guilty of refusing to slam Trump, would not support Kaepernick, and said he would never support anyone who disrespected the flag by kneeling during the national anthem.
And with everything going on in the U.S., it’s no surprise that FS1 got rid of him before he could really speak his mind on the current issues facing the country.