Veteran umpire Joe West has already made headlines in 2020 for his views about COVID-19 — in July, he spoke about how he thought the statistics concerning the virus weren’t “correct.”
On Sunday, he was as soon as once more within the information for a weird ejection throughout a Washington Nationals loss to the Atlanta Braves: he tossed Nats basic supervisor Mike Rizzo, who was sitting in a luxurious suite.
Initially, it was thought that he ejected Rizzo for not sporting a masks whereas sitting in one in all Truist Park’s higher deck, however it seems that West had heard sufficient of Rizzo’s remarks that he might hear in a largely empty stadium.
From the Related Press:
The 67-year-old West, on monitor to set the document for many video games umpired in huge league historical past subsequent yr, mentioned the crew informed the commissioner’s workplace Friday that Rizzo was hollering at umpires earlier within the Nationals-Braves sequence.
“We knowledgeable the workplace that if it continued we’d cease it,” West mentioned. “And we did.”
West additionally had this to say, which has ignited every kind of opinions on social media: “I wouldn’t take that from a participant. I wouldn’t take that from a supervisor. If it was Donald Trump, I’d eject him, too. However I’d nonetheless vote for him.”