Tuesday's post here about the disappearance of Jim O'Donnell's sports media column from the Chicago Sun-Times drew spirited responses from readers -- including Sun-Times sports editor Chris De Luca and O'Donnell himself.
De Luca, whom I'd quoted in the piece citing space limitations and O'Donnell's reassignment to the Bulls beat as reasons for the withdrawal of the weekly column, took issue with my assumption that he'd grown weary of catching flak for some of O'Donnell's incendiary writings.
"For the record, I fielded ZERO complaints about Jim's column," De Luca wrote in an email to me. The rest of what he wrote was off the record, but the gist of it was that I had gotten the story totally wrong.
I pointed out to De Luca that I was aware of a specific meeting he'd had with an executive of CBS Radio sports/talk WSCR-AM (670) -- the target of O'Donnell's harshest attacks -- at which time the subject of his column came up and questions were raised about ongoing projects between the Sun-Times and the Score. De Luca said he "didn't take it seriously" because the Score executive had made his comments "with a laugh."
Laugh or not, immediately after that May 20 meeting, O'Donnell's column suddenly vanished with no explanation to readers. Draw your own conclusion.