Rogers (the baseball pitcher not the country singer) did to a
television camera man in Texas was inexcusable and deplorable.
Rogers was in a bad mood and asked a cameraman to quit doing his job
in a public place. He had no right to make the demand and was
even more out of line with his actions that followed. You've seen
what happened next: Rogers went after the camera man and damaged the
camera and made contact with the photographer. Rogers has
admitted to his mistake and apologized; he has been fined and suspended
20 games (Rogers is currently appealing the suspension), the
second-longest suspension in major league history for a non-drug or
It seems like the public and the media have jumped on the anti-Rogers
bandwagon. Many wanted him to sit out last night's All-Star game
as part of a self-imposed sentence. But Major League Baseball
said it was fine for Rogers to play, and he decided to attend the
festivities and participate. Rogers was voted into the game by his
peers, and he has had an exceptional first half with 10 wins. Not
bad for a 40-year-old. I don't blame him for wanting to
experience what might be the last shining moment of his career.
I might have more of a problem with Rogers if he were a repeat
a drug dealer, or a pedophile. But Rogers was an exemplary
citizen up until he short-circuited on the photographer. He
admitted to his mistake and will pay his penance. So why should
he give back an honor he has earned on the field?
Sometimes we in the public and the media get on a rant and lose sight
of the forest through the trees. Rogers is a human being who was
having a bad day and made a mistake. It's just that his temper
tantrum was caught on film. Most of us have bad days and do
stupid things as a result, but ours are only witnessed by a few.
It's no excuse for bad behavior, but we are all human and make
mistakes. But how long should we be persecuted? Does the
punishment fit the crime?
Rogers certainly will be sued (it's the American way), and his infamous
camera swat will be the one thing he is remembered for. To me
is punishment enough. Just ask Juan Marichel. The Hall of
Fame pitcher did great things on the mound, but will always be remember
for hitting John Rosboro with a bat during a bench-clearing
brawl. Kenny Rogers will pay for his transgression the rest of
his life. Now it's time to move on and be outraged by something