Written by Garrett Wilson on 15 September 2011.
The same franchise that brought you Logan Morrison's "We Swear This Isn't About Twitter" Suspension embarrassingly proudly presents Mike Cameron: Released for Detrimental Conduct (in theaters now).
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Florida Marlins are back up to their old disciplinary tricks. This time the subject of their misguided wrath is veteran outfielder Mike Cameron, who was shockingly released earlier this week. This is the same Mike Cameron who is generally renowned for being a great teammate in the clubhouse and a class act in everyday life. Wow, he must've done something really bad to cause himself to get kicked to the curb with less than three weeks left in the season. A DUI? No. Beat someone up? Try again Drugs? Nope. Give up? How about this explanation as reported by the Miami Herald:
Two sources on Wednesday gave the reason (for the cut): Cameron got into a verbal altercation with a flight attendant on the team's charter flight from Pittsburgh to Atlanta on Sunday.
The altercation did not turn physical, but the charter company filed a complaint. The Marlins' front office believed it could not keep Cameron after the incident.
Nobody got killed. Nobody got hurt. Nobody even seems to have broken the law. Cameron merely lost his temper with a flight attendant.
Lock him up! Throw away the key! Fire up the electric chair!!!
Really, Marlins? That is the reason you publicly humiliated Mike Cameron and sent him off into retirement in such unceremonious fashion? I hate to seem cynical about this, but I can't imagine what Cameron could have said in this "verbal altercation" that was bad enough to have him released on the spot yet not bad enough to prompt a response other than a complaint from the charter company to the team and NOT the police.
This isn't to say that Cameron is totally innocent here. Obviously something unsavory took place on that flight, so I have no problem with Cameron being punished. But since it sounds like a minor offense, couldn't they have reprimanded Cameron in a less humiliating way? I am sure the Marlins would like to paint this as them making an example of a veteran like Cameron to show their young players that such behavior will not be tolerated, but in so doing, they also set an example of treating respected veterans like garbage, which is hardly something that will endear said youngsters to the franchise.