Monday, June 26, 2006

Ozzie Guillen is nobody, compared to Brett Myers, but you can't tell that by the media coverage.

I listen to ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd on an irregular basis, mainly because he is no Tony Kornheiser. That being said, he can be very entertaining and sometimes he actually makes a lot of sense. This past week in baseball was a scandalous one, especially for Ozzie Guillen, the manager of the Chicago White Sox. Guillen called Chicago Sun Times columnist Jay Mariotti a piece of s#*^. That’s understandable if you have ever seen Mariotti on Around the Horn on ESPN. He then went over the line and called Mariotti a homosexual slur that rhymes with bag.

Guillen has done something like this before and he tried to use the fact that this word means something different in his country and he is just an ignorant foreigner. Well, Ozzie, you have been in the USA for 20 to 25 years and have in fact just recently become a citizen of this country. I would think he would have learned the meaning of the word in this country, or at least not say it in front of the Chicago media.

Well, this was a controversy that raged the whole week and Guillen was fined by Major League Baseball and commanded to take sensitivity training. This whole affair was fodder for a million sports columns and it was on PTI and Around the Horn just about everyday. It seemed like the end of the world was here.

Then, on Thursday night of this past week, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Brett Myers assaulted his wife, allegedly punching her in the face with a closed fist. Not only that, but witnesses saw him beating his wife and screaming at her. He was then allowed to pitch on Saturday against the Boston Red Sox. When asked to comment on the alleged incident, Myers’ said he was sorry this had to come out in the public. What? He is sorry he can’t beat his wife behind closed doors anymore? Is that what he is saying?

I have not heard near the clamor that had arisen after the Ozzie Guillen incident. I am sorry to those who were offended by Guillen, but this is a totally different situation. A more serious situation. When you have a MLB pitcher beating his wife for all to see and he is allowed to pitch a day or two after his arrest, it puts things back into perspective.

This is what Colin Cowherd opened his show with today and I have to agree with him. Ozzie is just stupid, but Myers is criminal. There is a huge difference, but you can’t see it in the amount written about the two incidents. I hope that Brett Myers gets some help, and if nothing else just divorces his wife and gets away from her if he can’t keep from becoming physical with her. Ms. Myers was not a member of the press like Jay Mariotti is, but perhaps the media will forget about trying to defend their own and help defend someone who has truly been hurt.

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