Is there any way we can pass a law that takes half the money professional athletes picked in the first round earn and hide in escrow for a few years until they prove their complete worth and/or don’t become irreparably harmful to society? Yeah, probably not.
But sometimes it seems like a good idea. Like with Matt Bush, who not only has zero business getting first overall pick money from the San Diego Padres (they passed on Justin Verlander among many others), but who cannot seem to stay away from fights. The SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE punches up his latest bit of trouble and it may involve him getting hurt … but it might not be his fault!
“Obviously people are going to know he was in a fight,” Fuson said. “To the extent of that fight, people are going to have to guess. How it was caused, there was support there for him.
“Obviously, there are some consequences out of this. But those are in-house.”
But you know, fights happen. Doods will be doods on occasion and trouble will be stirred. However, as a wise man once said, “fool me once, strike one. Fool me twice? Strike three.” This was not Bush’s first strike, natch.
On June 20, 2004, less than a month after the Padres guaranteed him $3.15 million, Bush and his brother Jeremy were arrested at a sports bar across from the Padres’ complex – a block from the most recent incident.The Padres suspended Bush after his arrest, and in July 2004, Bush pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, trespassing and underage possession or consumption of alcohol.
The Padres reinstated Bush a month after his arrest, and in an interview with the Union-Tribune in June 2005, Bush said: “I want to overcome what has happened. I want to turn it around, to play without that cloud hanging over my head.”
Whoops. The newsworthiness of Bush’s arrest — and whether it was his fault — can be debated ad nauseam.
What’s interesting to me is that we as a culture choose to indict (color me guilty a few lines above) these young guys that get money and then get in trouble as long as bad things keep happening to them. But when they turn it around, we can’t stop talking about it. See: Joe Buck still rambling about Josh Hamilton for further questions.
Here’s a *crazy* idea: take all the money that Congress is wasting on payments to Congressmen for their “work” in going after steroid abusers, and let’s put it towards a drug and alcohol awareness program for Major League baseball players. But that makes too much sense, really.