UPDATE: Former 'Chicago Sun-Times' Sports Scribe Mariotti Not Heading to 'Trib'

By: Joe Strupp It seems that Former Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist Jay Mariotti is not joining the Chicago Tribune, despite a report to the contrary by Web site Sports By Brooks.

Mike Kellams, the Tribune's associate managing editor for sports, told E&P Monday that Mariotti -- who left the Sun-Times a year ago and claimed at the time newspapers were "dying" -- is not joining his paper.

"It is not true," he said in a message to E&P after being sought for comment on the Sports By Brooks posting. "We are not talking to Jay Mariotti about being a columnist here. I don't know what their sourcing was, but from where I'm sitting, it is not true."

Sports By Brooks contended in a recent posting that Mariotti will join the Tribune Sept. 1 as a weekly columnist, and says he even has a voice mail set up there.

"Sports By Brooks did not call me," Kellams added. "But I have been very popular today with a lot of other calls. I told them all the same thing. It is not true."


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