Was Ian Kinsler joking about wanting Texas to go 0-162 this season?

Leading off: When will an athlete stand behind words?

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014 - 10:44 pm

That Ian Kinsler, what a comedian.

Early last month, Kinsler thought he’d try out a couple of one-liners during an interview with ESPN The Magazine, which asked the Detroit Tigers’ new second baseman how it felt being traded from the Texas Rangers in the offseason.

“To tell you the truth, I hope they go 0-162,” he said.

(Insert laugh track here)

“I got friends (in Texas), and I love my friends, but I hope they lose their ass.”

And the walk-off, drop-the-mic home run: “(Rangers general manager Jon) Daniels is a sleazeball.”

Hilarious! Remember to tip your server, folks.

When the story hit the Internet on Tuesday, Kinsler backed off his comments as he would a high and tight fastball.

“Just a matter of telling a joke,” he told reporters at spring training in Florida.

Sadly, Kinsler joins a long list of professional athletes and coaches who recently have backed away from controversial comments, especially after receiving harsh criticism.

Warren Sapp apologized to Michael Strahan after questioning the former New York Giant’s Pro Football Hall of Fame credentials: “I don’t think his résumé stacks up ... except you all are giving it to him.”

After suggesting frustrated Lakers fans “find another team to root for,” coach Mike D’Antoni called himself an “idiot.”

Shaquille O’Neal, who called the Kings the “Queens” a decade ago, apologized to Sacramento only after buying part of the team.

It’s not unique for a coach or player to apologize after controversial comments. What would be unique is if they stood by their words when the heat came around.

If they can’t back up what they say, why say anything at all?

– Victor Contreras


Today’s poll

Was Ian Kinsler joking about wanting Texas to go 0-162 this season?

• Yes, why would he care what Texas does now?

• No, he’s a player who holds a grudge.

Vote above, or go to sacbee.com/sports

Tuesday’s results

Will Tiger Woods surpass Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major tournament wins ?

• Yes, there is still time: 31%

• No, he no longer has the stamina: 69%

Total votes: 116

Read more articles by Victor Contreras

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