The Penn State Scandal Is Beginning To Corrode Other Sports

by evanmcmurry

This little gem showed up in my FB feed yesterday:

STATEMENT FROM THE BOSTON RED SOX

BOSTON, MA — This afternoon, Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry and Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington spoke to Bill James regarding him making public his personal opinions on Joe Paterno.

In that call, Mr. James was informed that his comments in no way reflect the opinions or positions of the Red Sox; and, because he is perceived as a representative of the Red Sox, he was asked to refrain from any further public comments on this matter.

—RED SOX—

Ordinarily, I can’t stand it when brand identity takes precedence over open discourse. Reggie Jackson should be able to call A-Rod a steroid-popping punk all he wants. Really, anybody should be able to call anybody anything. Too much is lost when corporations are perceived to own their employees’ behavior simply through some fuzzy associative logic.

But I’m making an exception in this case. For some reason, Bill James won’t stop defending Joe Paterno, and he needs to. I hope this does the trick.

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