© St. Petersburg Times, published February 11, 2001
The Rays' recent super baseball prospect (Toe Nash) has been arrested five times in the past year. But scouting director Dan Jennings says he's a "good kid." Hey, Dan, good kids don't go around beating and robbing a guy until he chokes on his own blood.
It seems that if you can hit a baseball 450 feet, kick 50-yard field goals or throw a football 70 yards, sports teams will forgive you for your past indiscretions. The Rays will start pulling strings to get this kid off so he can play baseball.
I wonder if the Rays would try to get Charles Manson parole if he could hit .400.
-- Bill Scheiblein, New Port Richey
A young kid who's been arrested five times during the past year on charges ranging from misdemeanor drug possession to a felony count of robbery gets signed by the Rays. Yet all the Rays can say is they knew Nash had some problems.
If ever there was any truth to the statement "the lunatics are running the asylum," we have it here in the Rays management.
I fully understand Nash has not been convicted, but any rational person would think that with five arrests in one year, something is not right here. And the least the Rays could have done was distance themselves by canceling the contract until Nash is able to clear his name.
It's a sad day when we continue to glorify criminals and hoodlums (even alleged ones) in professional sports.
-- Vilmar Tavares, Spring Hill
Tony Dungy may be right when he indicated that Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis was bypassed for a head-coaching job because he is black. I wonder what Dungy's rationale was when he gave the quarterback job to Shaun King. Here was a player with practically no pro experience, who did nothing his first partial year and did absolutely nothing his first full year, even though the Bucs fortified the offensive line and added a pass catcher. Trent Dilfer never had that kind of support.
Shaun King seems like a nice young man, but he's no pro quarterback. The next move is up to the Glazers.
-- Mike Young, New Port Richey
Hey, Dungy, I've got an idea. How about you resign and we can hire Marvin Lewis. Then we'll all be happy.
-- Jim Durda, Clearwater
Fry uses "race card'
I like Darrell Fry's commentary and agree with him most of the time. But raising the race card because Lewis was denied a coaching job leaves me cold (Jobs, not excuses, for minority coaches, Feb. 10).
As an old soldier with the combat infantry badge with stars from the three wars ... I have been there. And Darrell, war, politics, the game -- there is no substitute for victory. Correctly, Gen. Colin Powell deserves his rank and respect. And using he or Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods or the Williams sisters as models, how can one pull that race card when a man or woman does not achieve his athletic goal?
Mr. Fry, did you ever think that maybe these owners believe the coaches they hired are better qualified to be head coaches?
-- Wayne Jones
What is happening at One Buc Place? Names like Caldwell, Barry and Tomlin (A 29-year-old defensive backs coach, and isn't that the age of John Lynch?). I can't believe these coaches were the best available. There were many top-name position coaches at the time of need, and not one of these experienced men were interviewed. Why are we reverting to the Culverhouse Era now that the seats are filled and the waiting list is getting larger?
Lately there have been many rumors concerning the sale of the Bucs, which I didn't believe. However, with each passing day, my belief is increasing. It would appear the sale is forthcoming, and expenses and personnel are being trimmed.
-- Ray Schroeder, Safety Harbor
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