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MLB Network Should Portray Mike Trout as the Sadistic Thug That He Is

Photo by Frank Doyle/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Photo by Frank Doyle/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

I read recently that NBC executives told athlete-turned figure-skating analyst Johnny Weir that he couldn’t wear fur on camera during the network’s coverage of the 2014 Sochi Games. If only Weir didn’t have to be told that wearing fur — on or off the air — is completely unacceptable.

Weir was quoted in a United Press International report as saying, “I don’t think it’s really appropriate [to wear fur on the air]. Fur is a very distinct decision that a person makes, they support it or don’t.”

NBC’s stipulation notwithstanding, Weir definitely “supports” those who choose to wear fur.

He was quoted in that same UPI report as saying, “Some people see a Mercedes or a diamond as the luxury item that means you made it. For some reason, I saw it as a fur coat … It’s not about houses or cars for me, it’s about looking good. And fur is a part of that mix.”

Translation: It’s all about me.

While I’m glad that the powers-that-be at NBC told the narcissistic bastard their Olympics coverage wasn’t all about him, they could have sent a more powerful message by hiring someone else to provide ice-side analysis of the figure-skating events.

Weir likely would have bitched about being punished for his fashion choices, and the brass at NBC could have said, “You’re goddamned right you’re being punished. You’re a scumbag” — just as MLB Network producers could let Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout know that he’s a knuckle-dragging lowlife.

Trout, who’s been hailed as the best player in baseball, was asked recently by MLB Network’s Matt Yallof about being mentioned in a speech given by President Obama.

During remarks delivered at Michigan State University, where he signed into law the “Agricultural Act of 2014,” President Obama said, “Now, despite its name, the farm bill is not just about helping farmers. Secretary Vilsack calls it a jobs bill, an innovation bill, an infrastructure bill, a research bill, a conservation bill. It’s like a Swiss Army knife. (Laughter.) It’s like Mike Trout — for those of you who know baseball. (Laughter.) It’s somebody who’s got a lot of tools. It multitasks.”

Specifically, Yallof asked Trout, “Where were you when you heard about it?”

Trout responded, laughing, “I was actually … bunny hunting, rabbit hunting, with a bunch of buddies.”

If NBC can tell Weir that wearing fur is unacceptable, the folks at the MLB Network can — and should — portray Trout as the sadistic thug that he is. As much as they salivate over his baseball statistics, MLB Network producers should point out, with merciless ridicule, that the star outfielder enjoys killing.

Obviously, Trout isn’t the only professional athlete who gets a kick out of slaughtering wildlife. But if the dude’s going to be a household name, it’s important to let younger generations know that he’s every bit the real-life monster that he is a fantasy-team hero.

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