Video: Joe West Ejected Nats GM Mike Rizzo [UPDATE]

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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:

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.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Apparently the Nats’ GM was doing the same shit the whole 4-game series in Atlanta…being snarky and yelling from the upper deck and everybody on the field could hear it like an echo chamber (no fans). So the umps told the commish office if he didn’t stop they would handle it.
    Joe west said he’d of thrown Trump out, too, if he was doing it…but he’d still vote for him lol.

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