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Where is Patrick Starr?

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Sports Illustrated operator The Maven ran background checks on publishers in July, months after an e-mail on Patrick Starr
Awful Announcing obtained an April 29 e-mail from The Maven SVP Glenn Nelson linking Texans' writer Patrick Starr to Patrick Colon, a former high school coach and teacher who pled guilty to two counts of improper relations between an educator and a student in 2008. Starr continued to write for SI/The Maven through at least June.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDBy Andrew Bucholtz on 08/10/2020


There’s been plenty of discussion of Sports Illustrated operator The Maven over the last while, including our report two weeks ago of Maven executives repeatedly suggesting to SI/Maven channel publishers that those publishers should boost the engagement on their sites’ community tabs, including by creating fake accounts if needed. There have been other concerns raised about Maven management, including salary reductions, their partnership with a “Blue Lives Matter” website, the outlet’s financial stability, firings, and layoffs. But an interesting one we first became aware of while reporting on the fake accounts is that two weeks ago, Maven asked publishers to undergo a criminal background check, a request they hadn’t made before and which they hadn’t provided warning of. And it turns out that this push for a background check came shortly after Maven appears to have quietly parted ways with Houston Texans’ writer “Patrick D. Starr,” who appears to be Patrick Edward Colon.

Back in 2008, Colon, then 29 and a former high school teacher/coach in Schulenberg, Texas, pled guilty to two counts of improper relations between an educator and a student. He served probation for that. And Awful Announcing has obtained an internal Maven email from Glenn Nelson (senior vice president, network and editorial development) from April 28 saying “Here is the story about Patrick Colon (known as Patrick Starr with us),” linking the above 2008 Victoria Advocate story on Colon, referencing a SI addendum signed by Maven affiliates and its morals clause (2. Partner Behavior), and adding that “assuming the details come back as we suspect, we propose to send him a mutual termination with a continue payout through July.”

That email deserves further discussion. It is titled “Hi Amy,” and references a previous phone call. It appears it was meant for Amy Larkin, Maven’s director of human resources. But it was actually sent to the group of Maven NCAA publishers. Nelson then followed that email up with a response to the group of NCAA publishers, saying “I apologize. I was trying to do too many things at once. Please disregard and remember that our internal emails are confidential.”

What exactly has happened with Starr since that April email? Well, his Twitter bio still states “Covering the Houston Texans for http://SI.com Maven + ITT SportsTalk790 @SOTTexans,” but his SI.com profile has no new stories since June 11. That’s notable considering how he posted multiple articles on most days in May and June. And since June 11, State of The Texans (seen above) has only had five stories posted, all by Andrew Harner, and all just lists (best quarterbacks, receivers, running backs, wins, and players in Texans’ history).

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Speedy

Yeller Dweller
Wow! With camp getting underway I was wondering why the Pat tweets were so quiet.

Safe to assume his career in sports reporting is done.
 

badboy

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Yikes! I thought he was still recovering from the automobile accident. I didn't follow him so didn't really miss his non-posting.

I wonder if he had apologized and said he was young and stupid would he be in this predicament? I doubt it would help. Child pornography is terrible crime. Surprised he got probation but that was several years ago with more attention paid now.

 

KoolAid Sipper

Waterboy
Yikes! I thought he was still recovering from the automobile accident. I didn't follow him so didn't really miss his non-posting.

I wonder if he had apologized and said he was young and stupid would he be in this predicament? I doubt it would help. Child pornography is terrible crime. Surprised he got probation but that was several years ago with more attention paid now.

I think you have the wrong guy...same name, similar stupidity! Patrick Edward Colon aka Patrick D. Starr

 

CloakNNNdagger

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Yikes! I thought he was still recovering from the automobile accident. I didn't follow him so didn't really miss his non-posting.

I wonder if he had apologized and said he was young and stupid would he be in this predicament? I doubt it would help. Child pornography is terrible crime. Surprised he got probation but that was several years ago with more attention paid now.

I think you have the wrong guy...same name, similar stupidity! Patrick Edward Colon aka Patrick D. Starr

I just got on the MB and saw the post. Was going to point out........not the same person. Had it been, there would be no way that probation, important dad or not would have been entertained for related material felonies within 3 years............especially with the 2nd incident being a federal conviction.
 

texanhead08

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I think what he got fired for is he was a teacher/coach and had a relationship with a student. I think SI found out a few months ago and thats why he lost his job I think the inncident happened at least 5 yrs ago or more.
 

CloakNNNdagger

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I think what he got fired for is he was a teacher/coach and had a relationship with a student. I think SI found out a few months ago and thats why he lost his job I think the inncident happened at least 5 yrs ago or more.
Did you read the opening thread article and its links?
 
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