Have you been wondering what Manny Ramirez has been up to since he retired from baseball? Well, he hasn't been playing golf. And he's not yet taken to building ships in bottles. For now, he's been whiling away the days by allegedly beating his wife, Juliana.
Monday the baseball player was arrested for allegedly slapping his wife in the face. According to the police report, Juliana told the cops that she and her husband were arguing in the bedroom when Manny "struck her in the left side of the face with an open hand causing her to hit her head against the headboard of the bed."
But of course, if you ask Manny, that's totally not what happened. Nope. This is all just a friendly misunderstanding, that's all. Nothin' to see here. Keep movin' along.
The rest of Juliana's -- and the cops' -- story goes like this: After the slugger ... slugged her, Juliana called the police out of fear that things would escalate. When they got there, they said that Juliana had red swelling on her face, as well as a small bruise on the back of her head.
But if you ask Manny, all that happened was he merely "grabbed" his wife by the shoulders during the dispute and "when he shrugged her, she hit her head against the headboard." See? NBD.
Not. If you ask me, Manny is a lying sack of shit -- and even if he wasn't, and his story is true, he's still a dirtbag. You don't grab your wife during an argument. And you definitely don't open-hand slap her.
See, I have a theory on athletes and domestic violence. And it goes a little something like this ...
Professional sports are occupations heavily based on aggression -- hitting, throwing, kicking, punching. Whatever the game is, it is one where the player must be driven, focused, and ready to pounce on an opponent at any given moment. It's kill or be killed.
And then there's the whole celebrity thing. Athletes are used to getting what they want -- attention, money, women. Without question, they all eventually develop a sense of entitlement.
So, what happens when athletes get into a relationship -- a partnership of supposed equals? They can't handle it. 'Cause they're not first. So, if there's a difference of opinion, some of them impose their will. If their will is not accepted by their partner, then perhaps the frustration mounts to a point where it becomes physical.
It's just a theory. And it doesn't make it any of it excusable. Manny, you're a dirtbag.
What do you think of this?
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