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Brewers release a statement about Yovani Gallardo’s DUI

Apr 16, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

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As is usually the case this statement says nothing. More to the point it says “we shall do nothing.”

“We have been made aware of the situation with Yovani and we take this matter very seriously. We have expressed our disappointment to him and know he understands that behavior of this nature is of great concern to everyone in the organization. Yovani has acknowledged the seriousness of this incident and is taking full accountability for his actions.”

Which, in fairness to the team, they cannot do anything because the collective bargaining agreement does not allow for players to be punished for off-the-field stuff like this. I know the response to any call for greater punishment is some reference to a slippery slope. Like, if baseball punishes players for crimes of irresponsibility like this, should it punish them for, say, tax evasion?

But I’ve never been a fan of the slippery slope arguments. We’re not on a slippery slope if we don’t want to be. Baseball could carve out crimes related to intoxication and drug use as specifically problematic for baseball players in the public spotlight. If it wanted to. It doesn’t seem to want to, of course.

  1. ireportyoudecide - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Luckily he didn’t injure anyone. Unfortanetly he didn’t injure himself.

  2. number42is1 - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    how come they can punish a player for lying about his name/age?

    • paperlions - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Because those players are part of the union and essentially only have the “rights” MLB feels like giving them.

  3. ryand17 - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    I like your take on the slippery slope argument. It’s terribly frustrating to watch serious problems go untouched because people feel more allegiance towards the established rules than towards getting something right.

  4. sdemp - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Professional athletes are no different from you or me, they make mistakes and poor choices all the time and shouldn’t be treated any differently.

    Nobody got hurt, let’s just hope he learned his lesson.

    • kevinbnyc - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      Professional athletes ARE different, though. They’re in the public eye, they’re role models to kids, and they need to be held to a higher standard. Yes, they get punished as any normal person does with loss of license etc., but the average fan doesn’t know about that. It’s easy to perceive that the player received no punishment, since none of it is public.

  5. stercuilus65 - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Ryan Braun has already found some “disturbing info” on the cop who administered the breathalyzer.

  6. thebadguyswon - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Drunk driving is much, much worse than PED use. But with Selig in charge, nothing will change.

    • thebadguyswon - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      Apparently a couple mental midgets think taking HGH or steroids is worse than operating a car under the influence and potentially killing someone. Unreal.

  7. rdillon99 - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    It is the role of the criminal justice system to come up with an appropriate punishment for a person’s crimes, not the role of individual employers or anyone else to do so. If MLB felt that behavior of this nature tarnished their product or business in some manner, then I suppose that the league would be within their rights to negotiate with the union to add a provision to the collective agreement providing some punishment for such matters to discourage future instances by their players. But if MLB feels that this type of thing does not really hurt their business, why should they be obligated to provide additional punishment to the players?

    • garik16 - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Again, as always, this common statement is incorrect. Individual employers fire/discipline employees for legal problems ALL THE TIME. If MLB cared they could impose a suspension (note: this would probably require CBA negotiations, but MLB has no interest in those) for DUIs. This would be a great PR move, at least – in addition to being what the guys deserve.

      But MLB – like the other sports btw (Hi Dante Stallworth) – cares not.

      • jcmeyer10 - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        Garik, I agreed until you brought up Stallworth. He missed a year being suspended by the NFL.

      • bougin89 - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        I agree to a certain extent but you totally missed on Dante Stallworth and the NFL probably has the toughest off-field punishments of any of the major sport leagues. Guys like Johnny Jolly, Michael Vick(he was technically suspended but reinstated after he was released from prison), and Dante all missed at least 1 year from their sport for a suspension. Of course their are guys that slip through the cracks but every year players get suspended for off the field incidents.

  8. baseballisboring - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    I got smashed into by a drunk driver like 3 nights ago. I don’t really like them.

  9. wwttww - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    …As if his fantasy stock wasn’t low enough already.

  10. onbucky96 - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Way to go Yo. Allegedly .22, almost 3 times the legal limit. Oh well, when you screw up hide behind the CBA. Wisconsin has a safe ride home Yo, ask your friendly bar tender, its free. Dumbass.

    • shaggytoodle - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      Axford blows every other save.

  11. dremmel69 - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    We can choose not to be on a slippery slope. However, lawyers will place us there, eventually. It is all part of the litigious culture we have allowed to define American life.

  12. randygnyc - Apr 16, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Fuck You Yovani. Same to those who have restricted this issue out of the CBA.

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