From Florio at PFT:
Multiple league sources tell us that the Chargers have fined cornerback Antonio Cromartie $2,500 for complaining on Twitter about the quality of the food at training camp.
As best we can tell, this is the offending tweet, from July 31 at 3:46 p.m.: “Man we have 2 have the most nasty food of any team. Damn can we upgrade 4 str8 years the same ish maybe that’s y we can’t we the SB we need.”
That phrase translates to the following in English, we think: “Man, we have to have the most nasty food of any team. Damn, can we upgrade? Four straight years the same sh-t. Maybe that’s why we can’t get the Super Bowl we need.”
Per one source, coach Norv Turner has specifically told the team not to talk about any team matters on Twitter or any other online social media.
For one thing, baseball almost always lets its players, you know, go out and eat whatever the hell they want, even during spring training. Even if they didn’t, if someone complained about it, the next day there would be some kangaroo court cooking contest or something silly in which the guy complaining would be forced to do better. Or else someone would spike his burger with vinegar or something to show him what real bad food tasted like, and then they’d all giggle like junior high school students. No one would be fining anyone $2,500, that’s for sure. I don’t think the Army would even make you do push-ups for criticizing the sh*t on a shingle. They know it’s sh*t and they don’t care: you’re eating it, and that’s all that matters.
I know this is a silly example of it, but there’s a basic humanity about baseball that is almost nonexistent in modern football’s, robotic, gladiatorial culture, and I just can’t look past it and enjoy the game.