Joe West is one of those officials in sports who behaves as if he is under the impression that he is a star attraction for viewers. In today’s Braves-Nationals game he somehow spotted Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, alone on the third deck, not wearing a mask, and called for him to be ejected from the game:
Joe West calls security to get someone kicked out of the game. pic.twitter.com/pr9WYkYE1M
— handlit33 (@handlit33) September 6, 2020
This situation is even more amusing because of West’s previous comments about coronavirus:
“Those statistics aren’t accurate, I don’t care who’s counting them,’’ West told USA Today in July. “When country music [singer] Joe Diffie died, they said he died of the coronavirus. He had Stage 4 lung cancer. The coronavirus may have accelerated his death, but let’s be realistic. Our system is so messed up they have emptied hospitals because there’s no elective surgery. The government has been giving these hospitals extra money if someone dies of the coronavirus. So everybody that dies is because of coronavirus. I don’t care if you get hit by a car, it’s coronavirus.’’
Will be interesting to figure out if there’s more to this story.
UPDATE: Joe West said after the game that he ejected Rizzo for criticizing the umpiring, not for not wearing a mask.