Jason Whitlock has never been one who is afraid of controversy, taking an opposing viewpoint, or saying something outlandish to make a point. At times, it is difficult to tell when he is kidding and when he is serious and there are times when that is deliberate, so he can say something and test how it flies, then come back and decide whether he was serious or kidding. In the Richie Incognito discussion, Whitlock went ahead and tweeted out this gem:
Incognito wasn’t even on the Chiefs draft board because of fear of my reaction.
— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) November 4, 2013
It will hardly be surprising when Whitlock comes back to say he is kidding about this later, but Whitlock is a big enough blowhard to believe this to be true. Whitlock is able to make this claim because there is no way to substantiate one way or the other and the Kansas City Chiefs are not going to dignify this with an answer. The people who made the pick are not even there anymore, so it is unlikely that they will bother with it.
Teams are not making a pick or passing on a pick of an offensive lineman because of how the media will react. It is difficult enough to scout players and figure out who can play and who cannot without adding elements to the picture that are ultimately irrelevant. The Chiefs may have crossed Incognito off of their board for the same reason a number of teams did in the draft; he had major character question marks that had him kicked out of Nebraska and those red flags really added up in the end. The talent was there, but the character was a huge question mark.
Whitlock is a smart guy and an effective writer, but this is why he is such a polarizing figure. He can make good points, can put together a great column, but loves to throw his weight around and try to make himself into something he not at times. This quote has already been circulating around the twitterverse, so it will be interesting to see just how far it goes within the media.