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In 2000, Glazer began taking shots in Christopher's column at then-Mayor Kay Barnes and floating the idea of his own mayoral run. "I would get on the air or I'd be in Hearne's column saying, 'I turned Westport around. I can turn all of Kansas City around,' " Glazer said.
But in September 2001, Glazer was indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with conspiracy to distribute Ecstasy, marijuana and cocaine. He pleaded guilty. Federal prosecutors acknowledged that he was mostly sharing the drugs with friends and girlfriends, not buying in large quantities to distribute and not selling. Glazer got off with three years' probation, a $5,000 fine and three months at a halfway house.
"You have to understand, during that period, Stanford's was the most happening spot in the city," Glazer said. "I'd have athletes and celebrities hanging out in my office, and we'd do blow, just like a lot of entertainers do blow. It was my business to entertain people. Most people in the industry at that time were doing exactly what I was doing. Yes, it was criminal because the stuff's illegal. But I wasn't involved in any clandestine operations."
He blames Barnes for his bust. "I would be on Dare, exaggerating 10-to-1 about my party lifestyle to be funny, and I think law enforcement thought, 'Who the fuck does this guy think he is? This guy went to prison and clearly hasn't learned his lesson.'
"They tapped my phone for a year and got nothing. They had no evidence. They busted a couple of low-level dealers that had sold me a couple of bags over time. I mean, why even indict me? So, do I think I was indicted because people wanted to knock me out of the mayor's race? Yes. Do I think I'd have won? Yes. It'd at least have been close."
Glazer is now a columnist on the local blog Tony's Kansas City, where his writing is increasingly nostalgic and reflective. Sometimes that means self-congratulatory navel gazing about the cost of fame. Sometimes it's a tribute to black women. And sometimes it's a tender Father's Day tribute to 81-year-old Stan.
"He caps the night off for us," Tony Botello, the founder of Tony's Kansas City, said in June. "I've always been focused on starting the news cycle in the morning, so we post Craig's stuff at the end of the day — kind of a 'thought for the day' type of thing. I just think he's an interesting guy with unique insights and a pretty wide breadth of knowledge."
On the last Monday in June, Glazer was sitting on a white-leather couch in the living room of his Fairway condo, wearing And 1 basketball shorts that nearly reached his ankles, and a matching white And 1 shirt. His friendly dachshund, Junior, was resting beside him. A DVD of Champions Forever, a boxing documentary that he produced after being released from prison in the 1980s, sat on his mantel. A Playboy peeked from a stack of magazines on the coffee table.
Glazer has no children. He has been engaged a couple of times but married only once. It was 2003. She was 22, and he was 47. They divorced in 2008.
"Once in a while, I regret it," Glazer said. "It would be hard to find someone like Connie again. But the thing of having someone in your space all the time — I just don't think I'm built for it. I don't want to go to Grandma's house and do midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Connie's sister was married to this Mexican guy. She invites their family over one day, and all of a sudden there's 20 Mexican kids running around here in my living room. It's like, 'Fuck, I don't want to do this. I want to watch the Raider game.'