When Practice Takes a Turn for the Worst

Jordan McNair (“McNair”), a 19-year-old freshman from Owings Mills, Maryland was a lineman for the Maryland Terrapins.  During a routine workout on May 29, 2018, McNair sprinted down the field for the full 110-yards.  What started out as just another workout in the hot sun, would be McNair’s last workout.  Showing signs of exhaustion during the sprint, McNair collapsed at the end of the drill.  His body seized and yet an hour goes by before 911 is called.  McNair is rushed to the hospital where they take his vitals.  His body temperature read 106 degrees.  Now in critical-but-stable condition, McNair is airlifted to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. McNair’s family is distraught and began a GoFundMe page to help cover the medical expenses.  McNair received a liver transplant and was expected to have a long hospital stay to recover fully.  Sadly, just two weeks after his first collapse, on June 19, McNair was pronounced dead at the hospital. … More When Practice Takes a Turn for the Worst

Short Season for Cubs Shortstop: Addison Russell Suspended 40 Games Over Domestic Violence Accusations

In October of 2018, Chicago Cubs shortstop, Addison Russell, was placed on a 40-game suspension for violation of the Major League Baseball’s joint domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse policy.  The suspension stems from allegations of emotional, verbal, and physical abuse made by Russell’s now ex-wife, Melisa Reidy.  Russell was placed on administrative leave after Reidy shared a blog post, detailing accounts of abuse and infidelity.  The suspension is retroactive to September 21, 2018 and will continue into the 2019 season. … More Short Season for Cubs Shortstop: Addison Russell Suspended 40 Games Over Domestic Violence Accusations

THREE STRIKES: Angel Hernandez and his Prima Facie Case of Discrimination

        On July 3, 2017, Angel Hernandez, a 24-year veteran umpire, filed suit against the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball (“MLB”). The complaint alleges discrimination based on race and national origin pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and Ohio Revised Code § 4112.02. Hernandez alleges that from the time Joe Torre became the Chief Baseball Officer of the MLB, Hernandez has been discriminated against based on race and national origin. This has come to a head as a result of Torre’s refusal to assign Hernandez to World Series games and failure to appoint him to the position of crew chief. … More THREE STRIKES: Angel Hernandez and his Prima Facie Case of Discrimination