Athletes and Owners Behaving Badly 8 Aug 16
by Tony Medley
105 mph closer was accused by his girlfriend of choking her, pushing her
and then firing six shots into the wall of a garage, which caused her to
hide from him, take their out-of-wedlock infant child and flee. Because
of conflicting stories and uncooperating witnesses, police did not press
charges. To their discredit, the Cubs traded for him. I guess for the
Cubs, winning trumps decency.
Chicago White Sox star pitcher didn’t like the throwback uniforms the
team was going to wear one day so he threw a tantrum, got there early
and cut them all up because his didn’t feel comfortable, poor baby.
Self-centered behavior by superstars is relatively common, but this was
egocentricity beyond the pale.
Cris Carter and Ray
Two NFL Hall of Famers, Carter was the subject of a scathing column by
this writer over his encouraging rookie NFL players to cover up
wrongdoing and take the criminal fall for veterans, and Lewis was deeply
involved in a murder indictment in which he pled out in return for a
slap on the wrist. ESPN is apparently firing both of them. It’s about
He was caught on videotape cold-cocking his girlfriend Janay Rice
knocking her unconscious in an elevator, was suspended, and now can’t
get a job in the NFL. Criminal charges were dropped because Janay, now
his wife, refused to cooperate.
experienced prosecutor told me that prosecutors
are not bound by a victim's refusal to testify if they possess
admissible evidence to prove all elements of a criminal offense
“if after a
consideration of all admissible evidence a reasonable fact finder could
find the accused guilty of the charges filed beyond a reasonable doubt
after a consideration of any plausible defense.”
There is little doubt
that the videotape evidence would be compelling in a criminal trial and
that Rice was let off by craven prosecutors because he was a great
gratuitously slugs a woman in the face for any reason other than
legitimate self-defense belongs in prison, I don’t care how baby-faced
he looks, how many self-serving apologies he makes, or how many yards he
ran from scrimmage.
NFL defensive lineman threw his girlfriend into a bathtub then threw her
on a couch covered with weapons and threatened to kill her. Photographs
showed her body covered in bruises. She failed to show up at a hearing
and charges had to be dismissed. The supposition is that she feared for
her life and that he paid her off, but there is no record of this.
brute was signed by Owner Jerry Jones to play with the Dallas Cowboys.
Athletes of almost superhuman strength who physically abuse women like
this have no place in society other than jail, regardless of their
physical prowess. I don’t know who is the lower lowlife, Hardy, who did
the deed, or billionaire Jones, who didn’t care.
UCLA sophomore quarterback who played golf at a Donald Trump resort
wearing a hat that said “F--- Trump.” This green, 19-year old naïf is
representative of today’s spoiled athletic divas who are pampered by
their parents, friends, and coaches starting in high school, and have
little or no manners or respect for anything but themselves.
As a citizen, he has
the right to “speak out” on issues if he wants, but that doesn’t include
the right to gratuitously insult other people just because he is a
famous quarterback. His juvenile rudeness disgraces himself and the team
he plays for. But his ambitious coach and school let him get away with
it, with nothing more than a mild rebuke. Hey, he’s a potential
One note samba:
NBC’s Michelle Tafoya has created a career asking the same uninformative
and uninformed question over and over and over, no matter whom she’s
interviewing. Taking her one question to the Olympics, she asked Gold
Medal winning swimmer Adam Peaty, “Adam, what does it feel like to be
the guy who swims the fastest time in this event in the history of
swimming?” For asking this “how does it feel to…” question of everybody
she interviews, she is reportedly paid $200,000 per year.
Sixty-five years ago this Thursday, August 11, 1951, the Brooklyn
Dodgers had a 13 ½ game lead over the New York Giants for the National
League Pennant. 7 1/2 weeks later, on October 3, 1951, Bobby Thomson hit
his home run heard ‘round the world, sending the Dodgers to their most
ignominious defeat before only 34,320 (capacity 54,500) fans in a game
that took but 2:28 to play.