It's just plain wrong. It's an embarrassment to baseball and an embarrassment to the Phillies. At the very least, Myers would have been better off if he'd been sent home to start counseling with his wife. Or maybe someone in authority could have condemned domestic violence -- in the generic sense. Instead all we got was ``the game must go on" -- 36 hours after a man was arrested for beating his wife.When I talked about this on my show yesterday, several listeners lambasted me with comments like Don's:
People are innocent until proven guilty. I suspect that Mr. Myers IS guilty, but reprehensible crime or not, he has not been PROVEN guilty. I'm happy for all of us that talk show hosts and callers do NOT constitute a judge and jury. People in this country who have been accused of a crime and released on bond are free to go to work and do whatever they do for a living. Clearly he should not get special treatment because he is a celebrity (although OJ did), but neither should he be convicted without a trial.I replied:
And what do you do if his case never makes it to court, probably because his battered wife refuses to file charges? We may be looking at a classic case of Battered Woman Syndrome here, since she's the one who bailed him out Thursday night, even though witnesses had heard here screaming, "I'm not going to let you do this to me again!" Do you just let it go? What you would do if you were his employer and he was about to go out and represent your company in the spotlight of public opinion.Take it off the baseball field and into corporate America -- if Myers were an executive who was scheduled to make a huge sales presentation to a major client right after news came out of an incident like this, do you put him front and center at the meeting? I doubt it very much. This wasn't just an incident that took place behind closed doors, with a he-said-she-said accusation. This took place in front of other people, who were so horrified that they called 911.
"We abhor such violence and recognize that it is a very serious problem affecting a substantial number of victims, particularly women, across the country. If we have been guilty of delay in expressing these sentiments, we are sorry."I'm guessing the team will be writing a large check to some battered-women's shelter or cause soon.