Say So-Long to the 'Manny Being Manny' Defense

The former outfielder was arrested last night on domestic battery charges

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Today in sports: Manny Ramirez is out on bail after being arrested and charged with battery, Keith Olbermann responds to Major League Baseball nixing the New York Mets planned 9/11 tribute, and ESPN's tape delay policy is likely due for some changes.

  • Retired outfielder Manny Ramirez spent Monday night in a Broward County jail cell after being arrested and charged with domestic battery following an argument with his wife in their suburban Miami home. According to the police report, Juliana Ramirez told officers responding to a 911 call that her husband "struck her with an open hand on the couple's bed," causing her head to hit up against the headboard. (The 2004 World Series MVP disputed this, telling officers that he grabbed his wife by the shoulders and "shrugged" her.) Ramirez was one of baseball's most endearing and infuriating flakes during 19 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Tampa Bay Rays. Endearing when he was cutting off throws in the outfield for no apparent reason, infuriating when he was demanding to be traded and posting a second positive test for a banned substance, which is why he retired in May. No matter how the case turns out, the days of using "Manny being Manny" as a catch-all phrase to describe the 12-time all-star's behavior are probably over. Ramirez posted bail this morning and was released, with orders not to have any contact with his wife [NBC Miami and the Miami Herald]
  • Major League Baseball's curious decision to forbid the New York Mets from wearing hats bearing the insignia of 9/11 first responders on Sunday has now drawn the attention of Keith Olbermann, who roasted the league's decision during a Special Comment segment on Countdown last night. Even if you agree with members of the 2001 Mets like Todd Zeile and John Franco, who defied a league order by wearing the caps in games played after the attacks and have suggested this year's club should have gone ahead and done the same thing, it's hard to disagree with Olbermann's position that the unnamed MLB official who instructed Mets third baseman David Wright to remove his NYPD cap in the dugout at Citi Field should be "banned from baseball for life, and from New York City." [Current via YouTube]
  • Connoisseurs of accidental cursing on live television were delighted last night when ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Ron Jaworski blurted out "shit" during a fourth quarter critique of Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne's elongated throwing motion, but Jaworski doesn't deserve all the plaudits. ESPN spokesman Bill Hofheimer admitted Tuesday that the network doesn't broadcast Monday night games with a five or seven-second tape delay, which is how Jaworski's single obscenity found its way into living rooms around the country. We're guessing that policy might change before next Monday's broadcast. [USA Today]
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