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Ugh
2003-04-22 09:16
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Just saw this in the middle of my posting process.

In the Times, we hear about the great progress Guillermo Mota is making. I myself made note of it the other day.

In the Daily News: Mota gets arrested for DUI

According to Brian Dohn's article, "Mota is not expected to be suspended or fined by the team. The offense is a misdemeanor and punishable by a maximum $1,200 fine and a suspended driver's license."

I'm sorry - am I reading that correctly? If Mota is guilty, the Dodgers don't have any team sanction at all against drunk driving? I'm not saying execute him, but nothing at all?

Drunk driving is an ongoing attempted assault with a deadly weapon. If for no other reason than bad citizenship, an employee of an organization who is guilty of drunk driving should be disciplined by the organization.

Mota will make approximately $300,000 this season from baseball. I'm not sure that a fine of 0.4 percent of his salary and a suspended license, with no additional punishment from the sport, will send Mota the proper message.

P.S. This morning, the headline on Dodgers.com is Dodgers start road trip on high note.

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