Mariotti told the Trib, whose writers were often the target of some of his most pointed columns:
"The Sun-Times' lawyer threatened me with a lawsuit in 64-point type. Things sort of stalled."
This comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering that Mariotti-to-the-Trib rumors were called a matter of when, not if on Deadspin last week.
The site has changed its tune with today's headline, "Tribune Kills Mariotti Talks As A Thankful Populace Rejoices."
This would seem to be good news for some Tribsters who were wary of "Hurricane" Jay's potential arrival. Over at Michael Miner's News Bites blog on the Chicago Reader Web site, Trib columnist Mike Downey is quoted saying: "Only six groups would be offended by Jay being hired. The Cubs. The White Sox. The Bears. The Bulls. The Tribune staff. And our readers. Everybody else is going to say, 'What a great hire!'"
When he left the Sun-Times, Mariotti said he was in talks with several Web sites that he would potentially write for. It'll be interesting to see at which of those sites he eventually lands.
In case you've forgotten the blow up surrounding Jay's departure, Kyle had an excellent wrap-up of all the drama here.