July 19, 2006
Baseball's Challenge: Teaching What Not to Hit
Here is an excerpt from an editorial written by Men's Resource Center for Change's executive director, Rob Okun. It was written in response to an alleged domestic abuse incident involving Brett Myers, star pitcher for the Phillies, and this wife, Kim.
What was going in the minds of Philadelphia's management--not to mention Major League Baseball--that 36 hours after being accused of throwing his wife around Myers was allowed to throw against the Red Sox in a nationally televised game? Apparently not much.
The club's empty-headed duck and cover statement read in part, "Out of respect for the privacy of both Kim and Brett Myers, the Phillies will not comment until the matter is resolved by the court." Translation: By our silence, we're saying we consider our economic investment in our prized pitcher more important than the health and well being of the mother of the three-year-old child he fathered.
Posted by Daniel at July 19, 2006 08:57 AM
2 more possible explanations, not especially pretty...
1) it's possible they're contractually unable to prevent him from playing on the basis of an accusation. I don't follow baseball enough to know whether this is true.
Alternatively, the team may have a policy not to act until there's an indictment or a conviction. I'm actually not so sure I think this is an entirely horrible thing: it's not always easy for someone to know the facts without a trial, and they may wish to avoid a potential lawsuit by the player.
2) They feel their obligation is to the profits of the corporation who owns the team, and not to the general plight of women at large. Not that this is nice, but it would be interesting to know.
Posted by: Sailorman at July 21, 2006 05:49 PM