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Red Sox release statement on John Lackey situation

Sep 26, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

John Lackey Reuters

Of course, it’s just as boring and unscandalous as most public statements:

John Lackey is dealing with a deeply personal family issue, and it is one the Red Sox do not feel is appropriate for public debate. The Red Sox request that John and Krista’s privacy be respected. The Red Sox will not have any further comment.

That’s it.

For what it’s worth,’s Ken Rosenthal seems to have the best take on the whole thing right now.  At least, he’s a bit more thoughtful about the whole thing than Yahoo’s Jeff Passan and’s Jon Heyman.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 26, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Passan’s comments were obnoxious enough to surprise me, but to say that someone has a better take on anything than Heyman isn’t saying much.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 26, 2011 at 6:45 PM

      Pretty sad what kind of levels people will stoop to to get more traffic on their Twitter account or wherever they choose to spew their insensitive nonsense

    • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 26, 2011 at 6:56 PM

      OG, isn’t it weird how lackey’s place of employment issued a statement about the personal matter between him and his soon to be ex wife? I mean, according to the aptly named “baseball idiot” there isn’t a difference between Lackey and a regular person like me or you. I know Vanguard didn’t issue a statement when I got divorced. Hmm…Maybe he was wrong and there is a difference between regular guys like you and me and guys like Lackey and other entertainers in the spotlight? Nah, I guess it’s just my delusional thoughts is all. Lol

      • JBerardi - Sep 26, 2011 at 7:02 PM

        Breaking news, celebrities are celebrities.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 26, 2011 at 7:08 PM

        I hear that Jb. And as such, they are treated differently and should also act a little differently. That’s why when will smith and jada Pinkett smith separate, they issue a statement. Same thing when Jetes and Minka broke up. It’s how it works. If you release a statement before getting a text half an hour before a game, it nips the problem in the bud. If you try to be secretive as the $85 million dollar starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, make sure your phone is on vibrate. Fair? No. But it’s the reality of the situation. Get used to it or it will eat you up.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:46 AM

        Yeah, Chris, was it a media event when you filed?

        Let it go. Seriously, let it go.

        Stop living the lives of ballplayers and live your own. It’s a lot more fun that way.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:51 AM

        Also, Baseball Idiot is capitalized. Its a name, not a description.

  2. pisano - Sep 26, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Instead of releasing a statement about Lackey, I’m sure they wish they could release him. If it wasn’t for the money they would.

  3. baseballisboring - Sep 26, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Ugh, Heyman makes my brain hurt. The phrase “cancer stricken” elicits such a strong image. She’s very young and they caught it early…not that it’s not scary anyway, but it looks like she has very good chances. Like Lackey just woke up one day and said “Hm…I think I need a new wife, this one is ‘cancer stricken’.”

  4. ricofoy - Sep 26, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Lackey’s a jerk and a bully. Always the victim, never accountable. Just the way that he lashed out at the reporters present when it was some gossip site that was responsible proves that. I agree with Heyman and Passan. A guy like him would never give anyone else the benefit of the doubt, now he’s getting just what he deserves.

    • deathmonkey41 - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:39 PM

      Lackey’s an a-hole- I’ve been saying that all year and keep getting jumped on because his wife has cancer. Now that he’s leaving that cancer-ridden wife, is he any better a guy?

      • pisano - Sep 27, 2011 at 12:47 AM

        deathmonkey41…. actually you’re being to kind to him, his wife and martial problems aside, he’s a first class prick. Notice last night when he was pulled from the game the expletives he was spewing was real nice for everyone to see. MLB should have fined that dick for that.

      • bigleagues - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:56 AM

        Yeah, cuz prick and dick aren’t considered expletives, right?

        Glass houses . . .

  5. xmatt0926x - Sep 26, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    I saw Passan’s tweets and thought they are really overboard and pretty unprofessional. He really hates Lackey, obviously. Then I thought about it and maybe Lackey really is just a monster and these media members have seen this part of Lackey. He certainly comes off as a total jagoff. It’s hard to feel for this guy. He just seems like one of those guys who walks around every day of his life with a nasty smirk on his face and a rotten attitude. I guess it’s all excused though since after all he is such a ……bulldog.

  6. mpescaro - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Lackey’s an idiot for the way he handles everything. He throws his arms up in disgust on any hit and, whether that disgust is directed at himself or his teammates, it certainly appears outward and offensive. He does not take the slightest responsibility for his terrible outings. He acts as if Francona shot his dog every time he comes to retrieve the ball. And he absolutely handled this the wrong way. He blamed the Boston media, which has never delved into his personal life, for texting him 30 minutes before a start (an act unforgivable even for such a useless entity as TMZ). And if he had acted as if nothing happened, it may have been a much more minor deal than it was. He makes everything worse for himself every time he opens his wide, flapping jaw.

    But I agree with Rosenthal. Lackluster handled the situation poorly, but it would be wrong to pass judgment on him in the divorce because no one knows what the situation is. No one knows if she has fully recovered. No one knows if she wanted the divorce, or if it was mutual, or if she cheated on him, or what happened. Like Craig said, he could be a monster, or any other number of possibilities could be in play. And for Passan and Heyman (like them or not, they are well-respected members of the baseball media who rarely divulge in rumors unrelated to trades and signings) to make such assumptions is ridiculous. Passan is ignoring the other possibilities and making assumptions, and Heyman is overreacting to Lackey’s misguided anger at the text, taking offense as a member of the media even though he knows well enough that it is a sin to text a starting pitcher with an intrusive personal question thirty minutes before he takes the mound. That is not OK, and if Heyman is going to call him out for not having his priorities straight by being angry with that distraction at gametime, he is going to have to answer to the thousands who have been furious with his inability to play the game. No one in Boston is criticizing him for not caring ENOUGH about his performance. He filed for divorce nearly a month ago and we do not have any other details.

  7. bigleagues - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    John Heyman is a joke anyway. And it’s time the baseball consuming public wake-up to that fact.

  8. pisano - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    bigleagues… I shouldn’t have to explain the difference, this idiot is on national television looking like the scumbag that he is. Glass houses.. I don’t think so. Maybe you should change your name to littleleague though.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:31 PM

      Your attempts at logic and humour are pretty laughable

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