No, no, a thousand times no! These are the thoughts that filled my mind when the Padres fruitless quest to acquire starting pitching made its way to Brett Myers. Myers is a decent-enough pitcher, however the man is a scumbag. A lowlife. A piece of excrement that would ruin my new pair of Vans. I despise Brett Myers.
No, I have never met the man. I don’t need to. Everything that I have read and seen in the news about the former Astros and Phillies pitcher tells me all I need to know: he’s a wife-beater and an awful human.
I can put up with a lot of things from the athletes I love and watch. Drug and alcohol abuse, stupidity and thoughtlessness, even assault on another man after having one too many at a local watering hole. I will not tolerate violence against women.
Myers was accused of being his wife in public back in 2006. Myers, then a Phillie, was seen in Boston dragging his wife by the hair. He also hit her two times in the face, causing her left cheek to swell. Officers who arrived at the scene found Myers’ wife Kim crying. The police wanted to press charges but Kim Myers refused to press chargers. Scumbag Brett got off with a slap on the wrist.
Aug 16, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Chicago White Sox pitcher Brett Myers (39) against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The White Sox beat the Blue Jays 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
From my experience in dealing with domestic violence, I am fairly certain this not the only time Myers hit his wife. Of course, I am just speculating here and I hope this situation was an isolated incident. However, when you look at Myers’ past, you will see an individual who is prone to violence.
According to a report from the ABC affiliate in Boston. Myers was an amateur boxer, quitting at the age of 13. His father was a fight promoter. Now I am not saying that those who box are violent people, but his childhood begins with an interesting pattern.
Myers was also involved in a verbal altercation with a Philadelphia reporter. In the rant, Myers threatened to physically harm the reporter, in addition to using several colorful words that would make Redd Foxx blush. It is safe to say that Myers does not take constructive criticism too well.
Bottom line: The Padres can do better. Myers is not a high character guy and he is not someone I can actively cheer for. Myers is a punk and a lowlife. He has no place on this roster. Please, Josh Byrnes, find pitching somewhere else. Say no to Brett Myers.