We’ve all seen Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY) threaten to throw NY1 reporter Michael Scotto “off this f***ing balcony” for daring to ask a question about Grimm’s campaign finance investigation. We also saw how high up they were at the U. S. Capitol, and what a looooong way down it was. Grimm also said Scotto was “not man enough” and “I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”
If the situation were reversed, and Scotto had threatened Grimm in the exact same way, Scotto could be facing a federal criminal offense.
In December 2012, Grimm directed a “bizarre and scary” rant against two other NY1 employees, Bob Hardt and Errol Louis, for asking him about the same issue, and said they should “take it outside.”
Grimm clearly has a very poor relationship with the First Amendment. Reporters should be able to ask legitimate questions without being physically threatened, and Grimm should resign.
Politico reports that Grimm is getting media advice from Anthony Weiner. Hell, Michael, why don’t you call A-Rod while you’re at it?
A-Rod knows he’s going down, and he wants to see who else he can take with him. He’s filing a medical grievance against the Yankees with MLB and also preparing a medical malpractice suit against team doctor Chris Ahmad, both over an injury to his left hip that was surgically repaired last January. He claims the Yankees knew his hip was injured, but didn’t tell him and had him continue to play, hoping to make the injury worse so that he could never play again and the team would be done with him.
Meanwhile, Brian Cashman’s former mistress, Louise Meanwell (you can’t make this stuff up), is trying to force A-Rod’s new lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, to drop A-Rod because of an alleged conflict of interest because Tacopina’s firm has represented her. She spent time in jail for trying to extort money from Cashman and for stalking him. She also claims that Cashman was aware that some of his players used PED’s and that he gave her names.
It’s a sordid mess that promises to get much darker and dirtier before it ends.
With Anthony Weiner fading, this is a gift from the gods to the NYC tabloids.
A-Rod has been suspended through 2014. He is expected to appeal, and that process will take 2-4 weeks.
He is eligible to return for the 2015 season, when he will be almost 40 years old and have about $60 million left on his contract. At that point, I expect it will be about retiring as physically unable to play, so that he can get his money. Any games that he plays with the Yankees while his appeal is considered are most likely the last of his professional career.
Twelve other players were suspended for 50 games each, and none of them will appeal.