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Jason Kendall involved in ugly custody battle

Mar 9, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

TMZ had it first and now the Kansas City Star has picked up on Jason Kendall’s appearance yesterday in a Los Angeles court, where the Royals catcher tried to get permission to bring his two children with him to Kansas City during the season.
His ex-wife Chantel Kendall tried to block the move while appearing in court alongside her boyfriend Sean Stewart, who happens to be Rod Stewart’s son. So yeah, no wonder TMZ is involved.
Anyway, the case has been “continued” until March 18, but court documents show that Kendall’s ex-wife has accused him of abusing the prescription medication Adderall, which he apparently takes for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). TMZ also reports that “there have been numerous accusations between Jason and Chantel of physical and emotional abuse.”
“I won’t dignify the ridiculous accusations that were made,” Kendall told Bob Dutton of the Star. “I’m not going to get into a debate in the papers and the media. It’s a personal family matter that I would like to keep private.”

  1. Old Gator - Mar 9, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    And it would be nice if HBT helped keep it private by not posting gutter-level voyeuristic tabloid cover bullshit like this in the first place. There’s plenty enough of human misery to get your rocks off on in the legitimate news headlines if you’ve got a jones for it. I already get more of this kind of slop from those stupid magazine racks by the cash registers just trying to check out with my groceries.

  2. Aaron Gleeman - Mar 9, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    It was a prominent story in the Kansas City Star, written by the former president of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
    Given that I think the notion that it can be kept “quiet” or that this blog should have some kind of loftier-than-newspaper standards that keep us from covering it go out the window.
    Beyond that, a baseball player being accused of abusing prescription medication and his ex-wife is newsworthy.

  3. RobRob - Mar 9, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Are custody battles ever not ugly?

  4. Old Gator - Mar 9, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    “Give them a light, and they’ll follow it anywhere,” as Principal Poop told the gathered multitudes at Morse Science High. Oh boy. The fact that the Kansas City Star or the ex-president of the Baseball Writers Association may have succumbed to the same questionable levels of journalistic integrity as appear to have infected the rest of our media doesn’t in itself justify the news as “news” – and Kendall isn’t “being accused” of abusing substances as if it were a process of natural law; that passive verb tense will slide one by you every time. Got a decision from any legitimate authority that Kendall’s been “abusing” Adderall? Got a medical consensus from a legitimate source that he doesn’t have ADHD? Once upon a time, when journalism was actually still a “profession” in the positive sense of the word, a reporter would have looked for verification of an accusation like that before publishing it. An ex-wife in a vicious custody battle hardly counts as a reliable or verifiable source. If you wanted to take Mia Farrow’s word for it, Woody Allen would have been hanged for war crimes by now. Aside from that, this whole issue of substance abuse is rapidly declining into nothing more than a chemical witch hunt; it almost reminds me of the mid-50s when there were “communists” under the bed, in the closets and crouching behind the bushes everywhere you turned. All you needed was the accusation; to hell with the proof. Here it’s being used as an excuse to drag something that’s none of anyone else’s bloody business into the open. Kendall’s reaction to it showed more dignity than the ex-president of the Baseball Writer’s Association showed by publishing it.

  5. Bear - Mar 9, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    Gator – don’t read the post if you have a problem with it.

  6. Curious George - Mar 9, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    I’m with the Gator on this one, and I say that as someone who holds Mr. Gleeman in very high regard.
    Perhaps the yay/nay on this type of “news” aligns with age. Being more Gatorish than Gleemanish in heartbeats used up, I find the whole idea of TMZ and that industry of stalkers a sad indictment of society. Pillory Kendall for his lack of baseball acumen and the Royals for their lack of judgement, but give the guy a break on his personal miseries. Those should not be fodder for entertainment.

  7. Old Gator - Mar 9, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Once it becomes a “battle,” no, by definition it’s no longer “not ugly.”
    The problem is, we’ve degenerated into a culture that feeds on that sort of unhappiness like cesspool bacteria. It’s as if our own lives have become so insistently empty and pointless that we need repeated evidence of everyone else’s misery to make ourselves feel a little better – and the media smells profits in exploiting our unhappiness and panders to it. At this stage of the game, it seems perfectly normal to us to export each other’s misery for profit, and privacy seems like some ancient artifact of a primitive civilization. I bet if you could factor out the dollar value of every leering tabloid headline and the number of issues they’ve sold or advertising revenue they’ve earned the slopmongers who traffic in all this emotional fecal matter, it’d qualify for its own column in the next Commerce Department report on our gross national product.

  8. Old Gator - Mar 9, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Bear – don’t read mine if you have a problem with that.

  9. Luis - Mar 9, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Look man, when your post begins with “TMZ had it first”…it’s probably not something I wanna read.

  10. Curious George - Mar 9, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    “Gator – don’t read the post if you have a problem with it.”
    You’re missing the point. This site can aspire to a higher standard than TMZ. Let those who wish to spend time in the gutter seek that gutter out elsewhere.

  11. RobRob - Mar 9, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    I don’t remember the same vitriol being spewed at the posts about the McCourts. Is that less private? Is Jamie McCourt more credible?

  12. Old Gator - Mar 9, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    No, but the McCourts took their battle – which was over the ownership of the team – public on their own with “open letters” and public pronouncements. They made a Marx Brothers movie out of it pretty much on their own. And most importantly, there’s no child involved. That should make some kind of difference even to “the ex president of the Baseball Writer’s Association of America.”

  13. Wells - Mar 9, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Ah, Aderall = speed = PED = oh my god oh no the children!!! zzzz

  14. Charles Gates - Mar 9, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    If this legal battle causes Kendall to miss playing time, or something that actually affects baseball, then I’ll consider it news worty- the HBT-news worthy that I’ve grown accustomed to, which should be several steps above TMZ-news worthy.
    The McCourts divorce is HBT-news worthy because the fiscal constraints, as a result of the divorce, directly impact the LAD’s ability to sign free agents.

  15. Ryan - Mar 9, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    That last sentence is important. When a player says something like that, which is not in any way baseball related, you should respect it.
    Focus on the PED angle, not the kids please.

  16. Ron - Mar 9, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    I agree completely with Old Gator. This has nothing to do with the game itself, and is nothing but gossip. It doesn’t belong here.

  17. Ron - Mar 9, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    “Beyond that, a baseball player being accused of abusing prescription medication and his ex-wife is newsworthy”
    Only when it has something to do with the game, and only when sportswriters start doing it to themselves.
    How come we always hear about the players, but we never hear about the sportswriters stopped for drunk driving, caught with hookers, using drugs, beating their wives, and abusing their children?
    If one is news, so is the other.

  18. Bear - Mar 9, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Gator – reread my post, does it say anywher in it that I have a problem with what you posted? Or, “that” as you put it. I was giving you a little direction.

  19. Bear - Mar 9, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Curious George – my adivice is find another news source, or create your own. I don’t think you are the one that’s makes the decisions about what does and does not get put on HBT.

  20. Bear - Mar 9, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Ron – because readers don’t care about what happens in most reporters personal lives.

  21. Ryan - Mar 9, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    see Philips, Steve (ESPN)

  22. Ron - Mar 9, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Bear – because readers don’t care about what happens in most ballplayers personal lives.
    What about the kids. Do you think they want this story all over the national media?

  23. Old Gator - Mar 9, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    You’re on the right track, CG. But look at the headline of this blog. It doesn’t say “Court Battle Causes Kendall to Miss Playing Time.” It doesn’t say “Kendall Accused of Abusing Adderall” – not that, as I noted before, the mere accusation, especially given the context, was even remotely newsworthy without any sort of verification. It says “Jason Kendall involved in ugly custody battle,” and is already thirdhand news here. We gravitate to the sleaze and the sensational so automatically now, we don’t even realize we’re doing it. The degradation of the standards of our journalistic media has impacted all of our lives and made less significant, less substantial beings of all of us.

  24. Bear - Mar 9, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Ron – I guess you must know a different set of readers than me. I get the feeling that most people want these things covered. I’ll concede that most of the bigger stories get beat to death, and most people get sick of hearing about them. Are there more important issues society should be concerned with? Yes.
    What kids? Kendall’s kids? I’m sure they don’t. Or are you talking about the same kids that are affected by use of PEDs by major leaguers?

  25. Old Gator - Mar 9, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    And there was a time when most people didn’t particularly care about most ballplayers’ personal lives either. But after decades of force-feeding by an increasingly intrusive, sleazy and profit-driven media, we’ve gotten conditioned to expect to know about them. What earthly good it does us to know most of this crap, I can’t fathom. But the damage that our reflexive intrusiveness does to our collective and individual sense of dignity, and to our most fundamental forms of respect for each other, that I understand.
    And the ugliest truth is, Ron, that most journalists, and their papers, periodicals and broadcasting employers, don’t give a flying crap what happens to the kids. They’re answerable to their stockholders first.

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