Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Is a Major League Baseball player dealing out Venezuelan justice?

Good Lord, what is going on in the sports world? I was saddened and shocked to hear that one of my all time favorite baseball players has been arrested for attempted murder. Ugueth Urbina and some “friends,” “rellegedly,” attacked some workers on Urbina’s mother’s farm with machetes. Well, if that isn’t bad enough, Urbina and the other attackers “stupposedly” doused them with gas and set them on fire. Such is life in Venezuela. The victims did not die, but many had cuts and one had burns on his back and arms.

Urbina says that this is a case of someone trying to take advantage of him, something he is used to. A year or so ago, Urbina’s mother was kidnapped and held for ransom. Urbina left his team to go home and try to get her back. Finally the police found where she was being held and rescued her, but a few of the kidnappers escaped. Urbina knows how some people in Venezuela work. Perhaps he will have to pay someone to get the charges dropped.

I have now heard on a sports talk radio show that the men that were attacked because they had something to do with Urbina’s mother’s kidnapping. If this is true, and this source is not exactly the most reliable, according to Venezuelan justice he is probably justified. Urbina claims he was asleep and this is all a scam. Machete hackings and burning men, it kind of makes you appreciate the U. S. sporting world scandals.

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