First, it was the embarrassment of Kansas City Chiefs players standing outside Arrowhead Stadium waiting to get autographs from Denver Bronco quarterback Peyton Manning after the Broncos had just beaten them.
And now it is a morning sports talk show host posing with new Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid after a news conference announcing Reid as the new coach on Monday. The incident has now gone national thanks to former KC Star columnist Jason Whitlock.
It started after Whitlock re-Tweeted a photo of WHB’s morning talk show host Steven St. John posing with Reid in a warm embrace.
Whitlock’s Tweet dripped with sarcasm and noted “KC media welcome Andy Reid to town.” It was a back-handed way of making fun of the KC news media and how it has fawned over Reid since his arrival.
Whitlock later Tweeted a slam at KMBC’s Karen Kornacki, who is known for her fluff sports interviews: “It’s Kansas City. Love my adopted hometown but Karen Kornacki has a 30-year career for a reason.”
Greg Hall from the popular blog site GregHall.com blasted St. John for the photo:
GH: To me this is an absolute no brainer. St. John looks like an amateur idiot fan with his boyish grin and arm tucked around Reid’s ample waist. I don’t understand why any member of the media would want to be perceived as Joe Posnanski to the 10th power.
SSJ obviously doesn’t care about his professional reputation. He just wants to be a giddy fan boy. Okay, but please understand that comes with some consequences – namely your credibility.
However, if anyone felt St. John was going to apologize for his actions then they can think again.
He thinks the criticism of him is fair, but doesn’t really care what people think about it.
“Sure, it’s fair. I don’t have a problem with people criticizing me,” he told Bottom Line. “I criticize others on my show, so I shouldn’t be immune to it. I’ve taken hundreds of pics with people I interview and cover.
“My kids like to see what I do at work and my oldest son keeps an album of the different people I’ve encountered in my job. Everyone knows what teams I am a fan of and everyone knows that I am highly critical of those teams/individuals, when warranted.”
He was asked if he considers himself a journalist, talk show host or fan.
“My job is to entertain and to inform and I try my best to do both,” he adds. “If I don’t accomplish those two things, people won’t listen to the show and I’m out of a job.
“I’m blessed to do a show in my hometown, I work for a terrific company and I’m thankful for every day I’m on the air.”