costag wrote:I don't blame the umpire at all. Bradley is a grown up and should act like it. So someone called you a F'n piece of Sh#t. I am sure if Bradley went to first base and didn't say a word to the first base ump, he'd still be playing. Can't take what you dish up, then shut up.
Anyway, I referee Ice hockey and the top level that I work in is Collegiate. Rules make it very easy for an ump/referee to throw someone out the game or give them a penalty. I also ref 8 year olds and ,of course, by no means do I let someone of that age curse, back talk or question a call. We aren't supposed to. How else would they learn respect for the game. Not many breaks are given to players of that age range.
As they get older, I can say they are given a little more slack and especially when they get to be an adult. I think the only time I have cursed while Officiating was in a Collegiate/Men's league game. They curse at officals all the time and argue calls and don't get assessed penalties in most cases (unless they do it in a threatening manner or doesn't give it up), and a few times I have had to say to a player "Shut the F-ck up" or "stop being such a F'in Ahole". Adults seem to comprehend this better then trying to keep your calm and let it go in one ear and out the other. When it's let go, they tend to keep it up until things escalate until penalties are given.
I don't condone what the umpire might have said to Bradley but what would have happened if the umpire threw him out right away for instigating the arguement. I garauntee the same thing would have happened anyway. I know it is the MLB and that scenario would probably never have happened but to me, if Bradley wants to talk like he has always talked he got to be able to take it. It's adults talking to adults. Can't take it, keep your mouth shut to begin with!!
Bradley's a punk. No Sympathy from me.
You are still missing the point after 5 pages of discussion. No one is making umpires accountable for their actions. Winters going to far is a great example. Focus on the issue not bashing Bradley. We all know Bradley is an idiot and deserves whatever he got.