Although the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin drama has finally quieted down, bullying and hazing in sports – both professional and amateur is still front stage. So it’s a bit concerning that Los Angeles Dodgers reliever J.P. Howell said that rookie phenom Yasiel Puig was bullied in the clubhouse, though Howell would not comment on what exactly took place. The reliever, who was speaking to children, also mentioned he was bullied when he entered the league:
When he broke into the major leagues, he owned one suit, a gift from his father. A veteran player — Howell would not identify him — cut up the suit and did not replace it.
“I didn’t know how to handle the situation,” Howell said. “I wish I would have. I was distracted. I was scared to be around him in the gym. If you’re intimidated by somebody because of their actions, that’s bullying.”
Howell said he saw Yasiel Puig bullied in the Dodgers’ clubhouse, though he would not discuss who was involved, or what happened to Puig.
There’s obviously not much to go off in regards to Howell’s comments, though I’m pretty sure they caught they attention of Major League Baseball.
Should be interesting to see if anything more comes of Howell’s comments and who exactly the ‘bullies’ are in the Dodgers’ clubhouse.