I applaud the move SJ, but I dunno if you're likely to get a very legit response from him. This is probably a totally fabricated statement that he just casually tossed out there.
Mariotti is a pretty well documented dumbass. Being on ESPN inflated his ego just a tad. I mean, this guy covers Chicago sports for the biggest paper in the city, and is constantly criticized for not going in the locker room. How the hell are you supposed to properly cover the Cubs or the White Sox without speaking to Lou or Ozzie?
This guy gets blasted in print by other columnists at his own paper...he's that bad.