Since last weekend I’ve been watching, reading and listening to the developments in the Tila Tequila / Shawne Merriman saga. I’ve been waiting to see, like most of you, what her day of reckoning for Merriman would be. The smoking gun, though, has yet to be produced.
But these are serious accusations she’s made against the San Diego Chargers’ star linebacker. Merriman has had his troubles off the field, but I can’t think of anything from his past that would suggest this type of behavior… unless it’s “roid rage.”
And I really hate to immediately jump to the conclusion that she must be full of shit. Domestic violence is serious business, but there seems to be a growing trend to immediately discredit the female accusers in such cases (Kobe/Big Ben/Rick Pitino).
Even with that said, can you think of another person that would seem any less credible than Tequila? I mean 30 Tweets in one day? Enough already! Look, I’m not saying she is for sure lying, but her story seems pretty “fantastic” while his is rather plausible.
And another thing, can we all please stop referring to her as a “reality TV star!”
Professional Party Girl? Yes.
Occasional Porn Actress? Sure.
But Reality TV Star? Child, please! The only thing real about Tila Tequila are her… well, her…
Hmmm. Come to think of it, what about her is real? Hair, breasts, nails and even her name are all fake.
And for Shawne Merriman’s sake, he better hope the San Diego County DA feels the same way.
Bronson Arroyo is either one of the bravest or craziest men in baseball. To be honest, I haven’t really decided yet which way I lean.
For starters, I love his devil may care attitude. He’s going to do what he wants to do, and to hell with those who disagree with him. He has a battery of pills and supplements he takes every day, many or which can not be found on the approved list of supplements endorsed by Major League Baseball. But he doesn’t care because he’s never failed a drug test, so he figures it must be alright.
That being said, there is a fine line between being your own man, and just being indignant. As such, I hate the fact that, at his disposal, is an approved list of supplements and drugs which he could take without any repercussions, now or in the future. But he refuses to play along. Thus, if the day ever comes where he does fail a test, he’ll have no one to blame but himself.
The other thing I like about him, though, is how candid he is about the 2003 anonymous drug tests. With David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez both having their names leaked, Arroyo openly admits that his name is likely on the same list. And that is something I applaud. I wish more players would come out and say the same.
But really, who out there is that brave… or crazy?
Okay, so I’m about to “out” myself as a Trekie, but considering today’s bombshell news, it seems appropriate. I’m sure most of you have seen Star Trek II, the Wrath of Khan… It is easily the best of the many Star Trek movies, including the current reincarnation.
As you will recall, during the climactic moments of this film, Spock sacrifices himself so the Enterprise can can reach warp speed and thus escape the expanding Genesis effect initialed by Khan himself. Dying from radiation poisoning, Spock tells Kirk that he had to do what he did because “the good of the many must outweigh the good of the few.”
Such a statement seems logical, doesn’t it. Why should the many suffer for the good of the few? Clearly they should not. But in relation to Major League Baseball, that is exactly what’s happening. In 2003, 1,198 players were screened for the use of performance enhancing drugs. Of those, 104 tested positive.
The names were to remain sealed and anonymous, but thanks to the government investigation of BALCO, the list was seized and, subsequently, names have started slipping out. First A-Roid, then Slammin Sammy, now Manny and Ortiz? Clearly there will be others.
Which brings me to this idea that the good of the many must outweigh the good of the few. If the Players Union were smart (which they clearly are not) they would do everything they could to release the entire list. Sure, the other 100 players would probably be freaking out. But you know what, the other 1,094 players would breathe a sigh of relief knowing they would no longer have to live their lives under the cloud of suspicion.
Obviously the Players Union will never do this. Which is why those 100 players whose names are sealed should start coming out one by one. Each player should call a news conference and admit to being on the list. Control the message, take the PR hit, then move on. If several did it, others would follow, and soon, the steroid era would become a thing of the past.
Wouldn’t it be great to see something like that happen?
Yeah, I’m not holding my breath either.