Buster Olney tweeted this earlier this morning:
MLB needs to announce a domestic violence policy ASAP, because if an incident occurs,a stance of ‘we’re talking about it’ will be untenable.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) September 18, 2014
Actually, that is exactly the kind of thinking Major League Baseball should avoid.
“Untenable” here means “it will not play well in the media.” Thinking about “what plays well in the media” and acting on that basis is exactly what got the NFL into the mess it’s in now. It did not think the Ray Rice thing would get big, so it did not punish him harshly. It then stepped all over itself, lied and reacted without any sense of a plan or purpose once it did become a big story. The same pattern happened with the Vikings and Adrian Peterson. The NFL based its actions on what was tenable and untenable in terms…
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