Similar to Vegas and the Mob, what happens in the locker room usually stays in the locker room. Clubhouse sanctity, especially in baseball is highly guarded and respected. Issues, arguments, and fights have traditionally been handled in-house. That is until now.
Detroit Tigers pitcher Roman Colon was indicted today by a Lucas, OH grand jury on one count of felony assault for a fight he had with a teammate earlier this month. The Tigers felt the incident was worthy of a seven game suspension. The justice system feels differently.
Colon was fighting with a teammate on June 12 before a game when Mud Hens pitcher Jason Karnuth tried to break it up, according to a police report. Colon hit Karnuth, breaking several bones in his face, the report said.Colon said afterwards that he didn't realize he'd hit Karnuth, and apologized. But the damage was done. Karnuth went through four hours of reconstructive surgery on June 19th after suffering multiple facial fractures. OUCH. It's likely that Karnuth will miss the remainder of the season.
And what was the reason for the fight in the first place? A disagreement over the choice of music playing in the clubhouse.
True to form, it wasn't Karnuth himself that brought the charges. It was his wife. It's interesting to see the different standards that are used between actions that happen on the playing field and what happens in public (although the playing field is the most public of places). If that fight had happened on the street in front of a bar, the cops would have been called in, and the perps taken away. But the fight between Carlos Zambrano and Michael Barrett of the Cubs? No arrests. Instead it was showcased on SportsCenter. They worked it out in the clubhouse. And like mob justice, the lesser player of the two was dealt with, and traded away.
I don't blame Karnuth's wife for lodging the complaint. If I were hit that badly, I'd do it myself. Yet she still broke with baseball culture. She absolutely did no wrong, but it will be interesting to see if there will be any resentment towards Karnuth's way when he returns. Let's hope not.