The Cubs have entered a new era of “must win” mode by adding a player accused of domestic violence to their roster, Aroldis Chapman. While the Cubs aren’t solely to blame for aiding this type of behavior they are certainly part of the problem.
Apparently unlike other industries sports has a greater tolerance for actions such as these, allowing players to return to play with little consequence for their behavior.
Let’s use Chapman as an example; he received a slap on the wrist with a 30-game suspension, while if he worked in an office he may have been fired. Why? Because there are no-tolerance policies in place to prevent this type behavior because there are people in this world that value character.
Speaking of character, that is something Theo Epstein has preached often when adding talent to the Cubs roster, a player’s character. Without skipping a beat Epstein went right to the spin on how character is not out the window that was eerily similar to comments that Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, in regards to Greg Hardy.
“In the end, it was our decision, and we decided it was appropriate to trade for a player who has accepted his discipline, who has been already disciplined by Major League Baseball, who expressed his sorrow and his regret for the incident in a statement at the time, in a meaningful statement today and even more importantly to me [Epstein] and Tom directly today over the phone before we were willing to consummate the trade, a player who is active currently in Major League Baseball and pitching for another team.
“We decided that it was appropriate to trade to that player. It doesn’t mean we’re turning our back on the importance of character at all. I think because we’ve emphasized character and building this core that we have, we have a tremendously strong clubhouse culture. We have great character down there. We think that it will help Aroldis as he moves forward.”
Now let’s take a look at Jerry Jones’ comments on Greg Hardy:
“Greg is a proven and experienced player whose production has allowed him to play at a Pro Bowl level. …
“We have spent a great deal of time over the last two days in meeting with Greg directly and gaining a solid understanding of what he is all about as a person and as a football player. …
“Obviously a great deal of our study was dedicated to the issue of domestic violence, and the recent events that associated Greg with that issue. We know that Greg’s status remains under review by the National Football League.
“Our organization understands the very serious nature of domestic violence in our society and in our league. We know that Greg has a firm understanding of those issues as well.”
I remember these remarks, because I’m a Cowboy’s fan, and I remember how disappointed I was that day that the Cowboys had reached a new low. This wasn’t drugs, but this was causing bodily harm to an innocent person. That should not be tolerated.
Cubs’ fans took to the airwaves yesterday using the argument that he wasn’t convicted of a crime, so we don’t know what really happened. “Innocent until proven guilty” was a line used over and over again. Anything to justify the signing of a scumbag to bring home a World Series trophy.
Even Cubs’ radio commentator, Ron Coomer, pleaded the fifth this morning on the Mully and Hanley show after Brian Hanley replayed the events for Coomer’s opinion. Coomer said he didn’t really know much about what happened, but what he did know is he can throw a 105 mph fastball. Well, hot damn, who cares what he did.
In case you’re unfamiliar with what happened here’s a refresher, I’ve bolded what Hanley pointed out to Coomer at the start of the interview:
Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman allegedly fired eight gunshots in the garage of his Miami-area home following an October argument with his girlfriend in which she told police he “choked” her and pushed her against a wall, according to police reports obtained by Yahoo Sports.
No arrests were made after the incident, in which more than a dozen police officers were dispatched to Chapman’s home in Davie, Fla., around 11 p.m. on Oct. 30. Chapman’s girlfriend exited the house and hid in bushes following the argument that stemmed from something she found on Chapman’s cellphone, according to the police report.
Chapman’s girlfriend was so afraid that she hid in the bushes, yet he’s still playing baseball, so sad how low society’s moral values have hit. They say people deserve second chances, but does really apply to everyone?
One thing’s for sure, there’s been an awakening, a new evil empire is looming its on Chicago’s Northside.