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Matt Bush, Brandon Guyer sued for $5 million each

Apr 4, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

Matt Bush mugshot

The family of Tony Tufano, the man who was hit by pitcher Matt Bush has sued Bush — and Brandon Guyer, who owned the car Bush was driving — for $5 million each, according to the Tampa Bay Times.  The family’s lawyer says that it’s possible that the Rays themselves will be added to the suit eventually too.

As for Tufano:

Shannon Moore, Tufano’s daughter-in-law, said there has been slight improvement. He could be moved from the ICU to a halfway or transition room in the next couple of days. Though he can’t talk due to a tracheotomy, he’s communicating with family members.

One never gets full satisfaction following a tragedy by going to court because money doesn’t truly make one whole. But yeah, I totally see why they’re doing this and I can’t blame ‘em a bit.

As for the possibility of adding the Rays: eh, that’s always dicey and I would expect that unless Bush was drinking at a team function — and there has been no suggestion of this at all — they won’t be on the hook legally.

That said, if keeping them in the lawsuit a while causes them or Major League Baseball to go on record about what has been a rash of alcohol-related incidents in the past couple of years, it could serve a good purpose.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    I feel for the victims family in this and no doubt the medical bills are adding up pretty damn fast. That being said I think its ridiculous that Brandon Guyer is being sued. Unless he knew Bush didn’t have a license all he was doing was being a friend. Since Bush is broke though I guess they gotta sue whoever might have some money. And the sad thing is some jury will side with the family and Guyer will be broke also.

    • Jonny 5 - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      This is what we have auto insurance for.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:04 AM

        Does an insurance policy pay out up to $5million? I don’t know that any do. I think my policy only pays up to $500,000 if I were to cause an injury. Although that could be way wrong because I havent looked at those numbers in several years.

      • Jonny 5 - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM

        My Sarcasm button is broken. We need a code.

        BTW, you better up your insurance coverage or it may be someone else owning your Mansions.

      • vivabear - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:53 AM

        There are regular Joes who have up to $1M coverage on their auto, plus a personal liability Umbrella policy, typically another $1M or $2M. Hard to say what Guyer would have for coverage. Hopefully enough to cover damages from this suit.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

        Sarcasm doesn’t come out real when written unless its plainly obvious. Your statement was not plainly obvious.

  2. kiwicricket - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    This sort of shit just makes me sad.

  3. geneparmasean - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Why do you support Buyer potentially getting his life ruined for borrowing a friend his vehicle to drive home after practice? I’m sure in the eyes of the law he is responsible in some way, but in this circumstance the decent thing would be to leave him out of this. I’m sure he feels shitty enough as it is.

    • kingofmeh - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      because they’re suing buyer in name only. buyer is the owner of the car and (presumably) has insurance on the car. when a car owner gets sued, the insurance company takes over. the insurance company provides the attorney. mr. buyer will probably have little, if anything, to do with the actual litigation of the case and will probably pay nothing.

      he’s not getting his life ruined in any way that i can see.

  4. marshmallowsnake - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Do you think that MLB will ever impose some sort of an alcohol restriction during the season? I know how ridiculous it sounds, but there are so many players being arrested for DUI’s that something needs to be done. It is becoming more and more common to see athletes being arrested for this.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      No MLB shouldn’t try to restrict alcohol for their players. They should just hope that the people they employ make smart decisions and use the services at their disposal or their large salaries to get them a ride if necessary.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

        I would hope that they have been hoping that way for a good while now, and, thus, failing miserably. Something. Needs. To. Be. Done. And soon, before anybody else gets hurt, especially those who didn’t make that idiotic decision to consume those mass quantities, and then getting behind the wheel of a multiton machine being hurtled at God only knows what speed.

      • Jonny 5 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

        I am applauding your statement right now. Another thing that doesn’t translate well through typing.

      • Jonny 5 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:30 PM

        UT, I’d say the most we should wish for is fining those who are found guilty of DUI. And half of the time they are found not guilty.

      • marshmallowsnake - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        Really? You think trusting million dollar athletes that are basically “rich kids” without a care in the world who believe they are above everything is the way to go? Obviously it is not working. If the teams truly want to “protect” their investment, then maybe it is time to look into tightening the rules around this issue. Maybe restriction is not the way to go. Maybe something else, like forcing designated drivers? I do not have the answer.

        Either way, something needs to be done, because as it stands now, there are too many DUI stories involving athletes in the news these days (and in general too – it is a major issue for society as a whole).

      • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:05 PM

        I think all you can do is trust the “millionaire rich kids” because banning alcohol would be something that would have to be negotiated in the CBA and the players would never agree to that and shouldn’t have to. Suspensions and fines are in order. And hopefully guys learn from other mistakes instead of making their own.

      • marshmallowsnake - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        I do agree with you, maybe banning is going to far, but they should come up with some sort of regulation because things are out of control. Although, it seems to occur more in the preseason then in the regular season.

      • kingofmeh - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:51 PM

        how does this make sense? players paid millions of dollars have contracts mandating that they not jet-ski, mountain-climb, moonlight as lucha libre wrestlers, etc., etc.

        why should MLB just “trust” players to make good decisions regarding driving drunk, when the clubs already don’t trust the players to make good decisions about all these other things?

        just from a purely selfish basis – not getting million dollar athletes injured doing stupid stuff – this kind of rule would be totally appropriate. that rationale doesn’t even rely on the moral or public relations implications of having drunk ballplayers running over the skulls of elderly men.

    • rips08 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      Would your employer ever impose some sort of alcohol restriction. It isn’t the job of the employer (MLB) to restrict people’s behavior off the clock. It is sad whenever someone hurts or kills somebody with their stupid action, but MLB can’t restrict people from drinking alcohol during the season. I would like to see them maybe fine or suspend players for these actions. The NFL has done this because they feel it hurts the image of the league. Baseball could do a similar thing.

      • marshmallowsnake - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM

        No, but I would lose my job if I were to be arrested for a DIU. In that sense, the players get a free pass. MLB needs to go to non-guaranteed deals so that the players wise up…even though it will never happen.

      • rips08 - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        Not all employers fire people for getting DUIs. I have seen that when people have travel or driving responsibilities. I thing fines/suspensions woud be better than the non-guaranteed deals in this case. If the player is good enough somebody will sign them if they were released for a DUI and probably end up getting paid more money.

        Tampa in this case will release Matt Bush because he wasn’t a star. Boston didn’t release Bobby Jenks and Atlanta didn’t release Christhian Martinez after his. Just like anything else, don’t support these teams if you don’t like the way they handle the situation. Don’t watch their games on TV, don’t buy their merchandise. Money is what MLB and these teams care about but to have any impact people need to do that for all sports and teams that have this issue.

  5. Old Gator - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    The American way in wealth redistribution. ‘Tis a splendid thing to behold.

  6. fdugrad - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    I thought a team or two have already banned alcohol in the clubhouse. Haven’t the Red Sox done so? Another idea to avoid involvement of individual teams would be providing machines that test the breath just like police officers have in their cars in each dressing stall. Lastly MLB has security as does the NFL and could expand their assigned authorities to include areas related to consumption. This would be MUCH less expensive than going to court. It would also help prevent such horrid stories as this one. Such wealth and in many cases, extreme immaturity when coupled with a sense of entitlement and detachment from the ” Real World” is a volatile powder keg in search of a catalyst.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      After Josh Hancock, I believe the Yankees, As and Cardinals all banned alcohol either in the home or both clubhouses. There’s been a trickle of additional teams doing that, including the Red Sox this winter.

      • fdugrad - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:16 PM

        I am not familiar with Josh Hancock, can you fill me in regarding the background?

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 9, 2012 at 7:03 PM

        Former pitcher. Got blitzed and crashed into the back of a flatbed tow truck in 2007. BAL of .15 or so.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Hancock

  7. jhorton83 - Apr 5, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Blah blah blah, the evils of alcohol blustery histrionics are tired and old. You’re never going to ban alcohol just like you’re never going to ban stupid people. It’s a sad situation, but Matt Bush’s career is over and he’s likely going to spend years in jail. If that’s not sufficient warning for others, nothing will be. You can’t fix stupid. Stop trying to go overboard and prevent something you can’t.

  8. lanadelradio - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    The auto insurance calgary offers is that when you’re driving through, you’ll probably have a ton of snow or rain dumped on you, and you’ll probably hit a deer and die. Just sayin.

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