Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera has more than just a drinking problem.
There is little doubt drinking has contributed to it, but there is a menacing side to him, which has come out in multiple public incidents.
- Getting into a confrontation with a 15-year-old in the restaurant at Birmingham hotel after mocking the kid for being overweight.
- His wife calling 911 in fear of her safety.
- Walking into a bar and grill in Florida after hours and threatening to kill patrons and employees because they wouldn't serve him.
- Getting into a physical confrontation with police when they pulled up to him at the side of the road when his vehicle was broken down and he smelled of liquor.
Twice he has allegedly threatened to go out to his car and get a gun, a pattern that not only may put others in danger, but Cabrera himself, if there are those who feel threatened and compelled to defend themselves.
It's more than just another case of a coddled athlete. Cabrera has taken it to an extreme.
"Do you know who I am" is one of his favorite lines. During three different incidents, it has been reported by people when they've seen Cabrera exhibit aggressive behavior.
I'm among those who view alcoholism as a disease, and do have sympathy for his struggle in that regard.
But these type of incidents are of the lack-of-character variety. Threatening people in such a sinister fashion is reprehensible and simply not accepted behavior in our society.
I've been warning people, the best I could, for a long time that there are some issues with Cabrera. But this is beyond even what I have been hearing for several years from people within baseball.
I don't think the Tigers should bench him or suspend him. The DUI is his first. He's threatened people, but no evidence he has acted on such threats.
But the slack should be gone. Next time there is an incident like this involving Cabrera, enough warnings - he should be dealt with harshly. By baseball. By the Tigers. And by fans, who tend to forgive and forget very quickly when the player involved is a Hall of Fame-caliber hitter and helping their favorite team to win ball games.
- The most important job in the Tigers organization know belongs to Raul Gonzalez, the baby sitter that has been assigned to make sure Cabrera behaves.
- I defended Jim Harbaugh vigorously in his verbal snit with former Michigan players Mike Hart and Jamie Morris, and ex-Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, over comments Harbaugh made over Michigan having an academic agenda designed to help athletes academically. Most big-time athletic programs do - Michigan, too. I thought Harbaugh was stating merely that Stanford was different, which a lot of people thought. Turns out it has been no different, and Harbaugh was wrong to make his comments. Stanford was called out by study from the California Watch, an investigating reporting group, making Harbaugh look like a phony.