Ron Artest was arrested on Monday for domestic abuse. Upon hearing of the charges, the Sacramento Kings excused Artest indefinitely for his actions. Dan LeBatard, a columnist for the Miami Herald, said on Pardon the Interruption on Tuesday, that “an arrest isn’t a conviction,” and that the Kings were acting prematurely. This position seems, well, absurd.
Last June, Phillies’ pitcher Brett Myers was also arrested for striking his wife. The team did not immediately suspend Myers and the universal opinion was that this was a Bad, Bad Thing-to-Do. Myers, unlike Artest, has no history of any sort of trouble. No arrests, no incidents, nothing, prior to that. Now, Myers, one of the better starting pitchers in the National League, and yet his signing a three year deal was met with comments like, “And punching your wife’s face can earn you 3 years and 25 million dollars with the Philadelphia Phillies.”
There’s no doubt in our minds that the Phillies screwed up last summer. Myers should have been excused from team activities instantly. What isn’t getting half as much press as the original incident, is that Myers has been going to counseling, has worked on his temper. If his weight loss is any indicator, he’s probably cut back on his drinking, as well. We’re not saying the incident should be forgotten, but let’s the give the guy a chance to get past it, eh?
As for Artest, is anyone surprised about the latest arrest? The Kings are doing the right thing in suspending him. There’s no doubt in our minds, and that Dan LeBatard doesn’t see that is mind boggling.
We’ll try to stick to baseball issues in our baseball posts, in the future.