San Francisco Giants OF Melky Cabrera, serving a 50-game suspension for a positive drug test, has disqualified himself from the National League batting race.
Cabrera's .346 average this season currently leads the league.
While it's hard to refuse Cabrera's gesture, a player should not be able to remove himself from contending for an individual honor. The league or Commissioner's office should have the guts to make such a call.
As stated here in the previous post – a player who tests positive for an illegal drug should have his statistics erased for the year in which he tested positive.
If a player does not test positive, no matter what rumors or beliefs exist, that player's stats should remain official.
Superman turns into Clark Kent
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton clearly needs to grow up.
With his team trailing the N.Y. Giants 23-0, Newton scored a TD with 6:25 left in the third quarter. He then stood in the end zone and imitated Clark Kent ripping his shirt to display the Superman logo.
Lesson No 1: When you and your team are getting your asses whipped, nobody's going to believe you have anything in common with Superman.
During and after the 36-7 loss -- in which he threw 3 INTs -- Newton displayed total dejection.
In fact, receiver Steve Smith criticized Newton for his demeanor.
During his postgame media conference, Newton said the Giants had nothing to do with Carolina losing -- it was all lack of execution by the Panthers.
Lesson No. 2: Winning NFL quarterbacks stand tall in victory and defeat. They don't blame teammates (are you listening Jay Cutler?) and they don't act like a First Grader who had his lunch stolen.