Mike Cash wrote: Shirasagi wrote:
Mike Cash wrote:
Was he an unlicensed driver or had he merely forgotten to take his driver's license along with him?
My fault for not being more precise. He was driving on a suspended license.
And suspended for what previous multiple displays of disregard for the safety of his fellow motorists, exactly?
Speeding, it would seem.
Let me head off something at the pass here. I was only commenting on my reaction to the cultural differences here. One could very well argue that penalties for speeding and/or driving on a suspended license are too lax in the U.S. (and indeed in Japan, as well, since Matsuzaka was only fined 200,000 yen by the legal system), and I wouldn't necessarily disagree. My surprise was based on the additional
reaction of his team and sponsors. Again, once can certainly make an argument that Matsuzaka's behavior justified it, and again, I wouldn't necessarily disagree. However, particularly in 2000, it would have been unprecedented for a Major League baseball team to suspend their player and confine him to his home, and for all sponsors to cancel their endorsements because of a misdemeanor moving violation. Even be it driving on a suspended license. Thus, my surprise at the reaction.
And if you take issue with my describing the charges as "penny-ante", well, yes, compared to, say, grand theft auto, drug possession, and dog fighting (other common illegal activities engaged in by pro athletes), a charge that brings a less-than $2000 fine and no jail-time or even community service fits the bill.