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(ESPN)   When a baseball player gets busted for PEDs, it's a 50 game suspension. When an umpire gets busted for drugs, it's a firin'   (espn.go.com) divider line 23
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2013-07-02 08:10:58 PM  
And MMA ref Josh Rosenthal was just sentenced to 37 months in prison for involvement in a marijuana growing operation  http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/07/mma-referee-josh-rosenthal-sent e nced-to-37-months-for-pot-growing-operation


and it's a shame, because he was a really good ref.
 
2013-07-02 08:44:59 PM  
Being an alcoholic still OK
 
2013-07-02 11:49:22 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Being an alcoholic still OK


I thought it was mandatory
 
2013-07-02 11:55:58 PM  

plushpuppy: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Being an alcoholic still OK

I thought it was mandatory


Point taken
 
2013-07-03 12:04:58 AM  

Klippoklondike: it's a shame, because he was a really good ref.


They can let him out of prison once Mark Munoz regains the ability to recognize simple shapes.
 
2013-07-03 12:11:00 AM  
yeah no way he deserved a firing. I first wonder what he was doing (drugs) and how it really affected his job.Hell if I fail a drug test they don't fire me, it just goes on my record.
 
2013-07-03 12:16:58 AM  
c'mon West, Angel or Bucknor.. c'moooooooon West, Angel or Bucknor...

*clicks*

awwww...
 
2013-07-03 12:25:40 AM  
TFA says he had an injury last year. Wonder if it's related to prescription painkillers...
 
2013-07-03 12:28:55 AM  
Brian Runge was behind the plate for...Philip Humber's perfect game


Calling that last pitch a swing instead of ball four is all the proof anybody needs that he is on something.
 
2013-07-03 12:38:23 AM  

Piizzadude: yeah no way he deserved a firing. I first wonder what he was doing (drugs) and how it really affected his job.Hell if I fail a drug test they don't fire me, it just goes on my record.


The only thing I can figure is that they consider him susceptible to blackmail and then it becomes an integrity of the game issue.
 
2013-07-03 12:43:37 AM  
If he was busted for a felony, I can easily see him being booted out of a position of authority. It reflects badly on any officiating organization who is supposed to enforce the rules or laws of any sport or game.
 
2013-07-03 12:47:14 AM  

Klippoklondike: And MMA ref Josh Rosenthal was just sentenced to 37 months in prison for involvement in a marijuana growing operation  http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/07/mma-referee-josh-rosenthal-sent e nced-to-37-months-for-pot-growing-operation


and it's a shame, because he was a really good ref.


Dammit that sucks.
 
2013-07-03 01:25:58 AM  
Seeing as how spectators watch the players, not the refs (This isn't basketball, for God's sake), I am not surprised.
 
2013-07-03 01:33:20 AM  
Vicodin's a hell of a drug?
 
2013-07-03 06:03:05 AM  
The players have a better union
 
2013-07-03 06:17:24 AM  
If an umpire can make the calls, accurately and consistently, he can hit the pipe between innings for all I care. If he can't, I don't care if he's clean or not.
 
2013-07-03 06:58:08 AM  

Hoopy Frood: he can hit the pipe between innings


Those days are long gone for the Mets.
 
2013-07-03 08:35:30 AM  

Crewmannumber6: The players have a better union


It's the union why we still have Angel Hernandez around...
 
2013-07-03 08:39:16 AM  
Who gives a fark?
 
2013-07-03 09:18:44 AM  

Piizzadude: yeah no way he deserved a firing. Hell if I fail a drug test they don't fire me, it just goes on my record.


He failed a drug test, was given a chance and was allowed to stay on the roster, and then failed another one. Why shouldn't he be fired?

Piizzadude: I first wonder what he was doing (drugs) and how it really affected his job.

While you're wondering this, MLB actually knows. That's why they're in charge of the punishment, and why they're in a position to say whether he should be fired or not.

Piizzadude: Hell if I fail a drug test they don't fire me, it just goes on my record.

No matter what the drug is? You have a good employer or union. I'm guessing that if my boss found out I was on meth or heroin, I'd be cleaning out my desk.
 
2013-07-03 10:04:59 AM  
Here's the real news, buried in the story.

Joe West, president of the World Umpires Association -- the union representing umps -- declined comment Tuesday.

Ladies and gentlemen, the first recorded incidence of Joe West keeping his mouth shut!  Let's hope this is the start of a trend.
 
2013-07-03 10:05:14 AM  

Dinobot: Crewmannumber6: The players have a better union

It's the union why we still have Angel Hernandez around...


It's not the union. Remember the mass resignation fiasco? It's that MLB simply doesn't care. Every possible bad call situation that people think would get them to change has happened and they still don't care. And they get away with it because of all those "human element!" mouthbreathers.
 
2013-07-03 11:31:12 AM  

Super Chronic: Here's the real news, buried in the story.

Joe West, president of the World Umpires Association -- the union representing umps -- declined comment Tuesday.

Ladies and gentlemen, the first recorded incidence of Joe West keeping his mouth shut!  Let's hope this is the start of a trend.


Obviously, no buffet was around.
 
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