So this week the dashboard video showing Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig getting arrested in Florida for reckless driving was released.
Here it is. Along with what NBC Los Angeles reported:
Footage shows the trooper pull Puig over and scold him for putting the lives of his passengers and other drivers at risk.
“(Puig) is probably going to jail, I’m going to tell you that right now,” the trooper tells the occupants of the car.
When asked why, the trooper says, “Why? For reckless (driving) — 110 miles an hour? One, two, three lives at risk? … You tell me.”
A short moment later, the trooper asks the Cuban native in Spanish, “Is this your mother?”
When Puig responds that she is, the trooper — apparently surprised by the answer — says in English, “Oh, you’re going to jail.”
The trooper orders Puig to step out of the car. Puig reluctantly emerges from the car and is handcuffed.
“Sir, please don’t do this to me,” Puig tells the trooper in Spanish after being taken into custody. He is later heard cursing while sitting in the back of the patrol car.
Now maybe NBC Los Angeles is not seeing the same video we saw, but yeah we know that Puig messed up BIG TIME, but the NBC report makes it seem like Puig was insane or evil or uncooperative.
Listen, Puig got caught, he got arrested and he looked pretty contrite and embarrassed by it all. You can easily tell that by his tone in Spanish, which was respectful to the trooper, who to be honest with you, was a bit over the top at times.
And did you hear any curses from the video NBC Los Angeles displayed? Did you?
We find it hard to believe that a Los Angeles news station can’t brush up on its Spanish some more.
And this isn’t “outrage” here. Puig was speeding and it was reckless, but let’s not paint him as some guy who was being resentful and angry about it all.