Perhaps Jason Grimsley (the damned departed middle reliever of the Arizona Diamondbacks) should have thought about the Morals Clause before he asked, and received, his unconditional release from the D'backs.
The D'backs were happy to grant it. And then announced that they were not paying the rest of his $825,000 salary.
Grimsley is peeved.
Me, I'd go with the Morals Clause. But there might not be one in his contract. The D'backs argument is that Grimsley was unfit to play and should not be compensated for the remainder of the season. Especially as he might be cooling his heels in some federal joint.*
Meanwhile, in an effort to prove they are not irrelevant, Gene Upshaw of the NFL Players Union said that there was no way they would allow blood testing. The paternity suits alone would bankrupt them.
The news broke Wednesday, June 7 on Grimsley. To sum up, he was cooperating with IRS agents in a performance-enhancing investigation into MLB. Until they asked him to wear a wire, at which point he balked.** So, the feds dropped the hammer on him, and swarmed his home on Tuesday (6 June 2006). Apparently the BALCO investigation is an IRS investigation, which up until Grimsley got popped I thought was an FBI gig. So not only is Grimsley in trouble with the feds, but it is the IRS.
And somehow, Ozzie Guillen and DL'd reliever Jeff Nelson felt compelled to share some half-baked thoughts on this.
Guillen had this to say: "Only thing I can say is that a former player should shut up and go. Shut up and move on."
And Jeff Nelson, whose career is over (that DL trip is just a stopping point) strangely is really ticked off: "For him to get caught and then basically throw other guys under the bridge [sic], that's just wrong."
I'll make this short. Ozzie and Jeff, a guy whose moral center is an existential afterthought, just got nabbed by the feds. Which means he is in the Real World and out of the baseball fraternity. And he's going to sing like a canary because he is a cheater, a sneak, and a loser. And this wildly inappropriate reaction makes us think a little more about you two.
So, Ozzie, Jeff: shut up and move on.
*Okay, okay - I know there is no chance of him doing time this season. But it sounds good.
** He's a pitcher, for chrissakes! I couldn't help myself.