Brown backs Clemens' fine, suspension

April 03, 1991|By The Hartford Courant

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Round 2 to Terry Cooney and the umpires.

American League President Bobby Brown yesterday denied Roger Clemens' appeal of his five-game suspension and $10,000 fine, saying the Boston pitcher's actions after his ejection from Game 4 of the 1990 playoffs warranted the discipline.

"What Clemens did to prompt his ejection had little bearing on the discipline levied," Brown wrote in his decision. "His actions after being ejected were responsible for his suspension and fine. The player remains accountable for his actions on the field at all times and the fact that he felt his ejection was not warranted does not absolve him of that."

Brown particularly took Clemens to task for shoving umpire Jim Evans as he tried to get to Cooney.

"In this instance, there was no question about Clemens making contact with Evans," Brown wrote. "Clemens actually shoved Evans aside as he tried to get closer to Cooney. It is realized that Evans was not the object of Clemens' ire. But while the lack of malicious motive can be recognized, such is not always the case. Discipline, therefore, has to be levied. Failure to do so would encourage increased violence."

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