Friday, August 9, 2013

Weasels of the Week: Derek Medina & John Doe(s)

This week's Weasels are far worse than Alex Rodriguez, for a number of reasons.

In Miami, Derek Medina killed his wife, then posted the end result on Facebook, where he also confessed to the crime.


I am not sure what the motivation was, or the thought process by posting a picture of the corpse on social media, but this was sure strange. Going on Facebook, however, even to confess the crime, won't win Medina any followers. Anyone that does probably doesn't have much of a clue, either.

Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, the statue of Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson & Pee Wee Reese, which has stood outside MCU Park, the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn League, seemingly forever, was defaced with racial slurs and Nazi swastikas on Tuesday, which merited front page coverage in the New York Daily News. While no one is certain how many of these cowardly John Does there were that perpetrated this heinous act of vandalism, what the press hasn't noted is the timing.

"42", the biography of Robinson, was released on DVD a couple of weeks back after opening to critical acclaim in theatres earlier this year. Could the vandals have rented the video, and acted as they did afterwards? Probably. The Daily News is offering a reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of these racist Weasels. Mets reliever LaTroy Hawkins spoke out on Thursday, condemning the vandals to "rot in hell". Robinson has meant so much to baseball, and, in particular to New York, because he played virtually his entire career in the media capital for the Dodgers. What makes this act even more galling is that Wednesday's game was a "Camp Day" matinee, where the ballpark would be filled with children. Workers cleaned up the statue as best as able Wednesday morning before the game, and what wasn't cleaned was covered with a garbage bag until after the game.

My guess is, the vandals were likely drunk, because when they wanted to paint a Nazi salute, they misspelled it. Drunk, insensitive, and likely uneducated in historical matters. That alone merits the Weasel ears. Medina gets his---and a Dunce Cap, to boot---for just being, well, out to lunch in terms of his crime.


magicdog said...

Medina is obviously a nut. His post was up for about 5 hours before someone at FB caught on and took it down. I can't help but think this is the result of the times we live in; anyone can be someone for 15 minutes with the help of a computer. Even Howard Beale would wilt at something like this!

I had heard about the attack on the statue and I think it was just a stunt. I truly belive the movie "42" had anything to do with it.

My father told me that Dodgers fans weren't thrilled at Robinson having been added to the roster, but they gradually came to accept and respect him as he proved to have been such a great player.

hobbyfan said...

A stunt? No one's claimed responsibility yet, which lends credence to my belief that the vandals were drunkards.