Phillies’ Continued Silence on NCAA Narcing Is Embarrassing

Ruben Amaro

It’s been a little over a week since news broke that the Phillies turned draft pick Ben Wetzler into the NCAA. And, somehow, things have gotten worse!

According to the report, from Baseball America‘s Aaron Fitt, the Phillies thought Ben Wetzler would sign with the team when it selected him in the fifth round of last year’s draft. The Phillies didn’t meet the dollar number Wetzler wanted, so he went back to Oregon State.

In turn, the Phillies ratted on him to the NCAA for using an agent. They also allegedly told the NCAA about Jason Monda, a sixth-round pick of the Phillies who decided to return to Washington State. According to NCAA rules, players are not allowed to sign with an agent until they leave school. According to Fitt, it is standard practice for players to have an “advisor” who helps them negotiate with the team. It is immoral to force college kids to negotiate without any representation, but it makes sense: Best I can tell from its rules, the NCAA brass hates college students. (The rule: “If the student-athlete is considering returning to an NCAA school, that advisor may not negotiate on behalf of a student-athlete or be present during discussions of a contract offer, including phone calls, email or in-person conversations.”)

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What Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding Were Really Like in Lillehammer

Tonya Harding, left, and Nancy Kerrigan at the 1992 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 12, 1992.

Tonya Harding, left, and Nancy Kerrigan at the 1992 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 12, 1992. | AP photo, Phil Sandlin.

On January 6, 1994, I got the phone call that I was being sent to Detroit. Something about a figure skater being assaulted. I was a reporter at WBBM, the CBS station in Chicago. CBS owned the broadcast rights to the Olympics that year and I assumed that had to be the only reason we were covering this story.

I didn’t know anything about figure skating. I had no idea who Nancy Kerrigan was. By the time my photographer and I got to the Cobo Center, the scene of the crime, there wasn’t time to cover anything. I just stood there in the dark and told the story using the now famous “Why me?” video. We were the only non-Detroit TV station there.

We had to stay overnight in Detroit, but it was difficult to believe this story was going to last much longer than a day. Man, was I wrong.

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MONDAY KICKSTARTER: Jason Collins Debuts for the Brooklyn Nets, Becoming First Out Man to Play in the NBA

I trolled the web for LGBT headlines all weekend so you wouldn’t have to. Here’s what I dug up:

HISTORY

jason collins netsIt’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Out basketball star Jason Collins signs a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the first openly gay player in the NBA. He played his first game for them last night in L.A. See a video of that above.

PROGRESS REPORT

Judge rules that gay marriage must start immediately in Chicago. So can we get the same ruling in Philadelphia?

PROGRESS IN THE WORKS

Illinois lawmaker introduces bill that would ban gay conversion therapy on LGBT youth.

More headlines after the jump

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