Andrew Friedman on the status of Matt Bush who was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of accident in which a 72-year old man was left in critical condition (via TampaBay.com):

…it’s safe to say he’s not going to play for us.

And that’s saying a lot for the Rays, a team that never even suspended minor leaguer Andrew Bellatti, who was sentenced to eight months for vehicular manslaughter and continues to pitch in the Rays’ minor league system.

On a side note, it is important to note that Bush was driving Brandon Guyer’s SUV. It would seem that if there is a civil suit, Guyer will likely be named as a defendant.

As for Bush, the Rays have yet to make an official roster move.

Here’s video of Friedman discussing the Bush situation…

 

 
 

7 Comments

  1. Beth says:

    Note to Guyer’s agent: when there’s a man clinging to life after being run over by your client’s SUV, I’m not sure describing your client as the “victim” is the best choice. No one’s saying that Brandon Guyer is culpable in this accident (although the real victim’s civil attorney will certainly go after him), but using the word “victim” for a guy who lent his car to someone who should not have been driving is at the least insensitive.

    • Justin says:

      Guyer’s lawyer is going to make the case that Guyer is a victim of Bush. That’s why they did this. If you show sensitivity, like you suggest, then you will likely end up paying more in damages or be held liable.

      I know it seems insensitive, but in the world of civil suits, it’s all about the money.

      • Sarah says:

        I also noticed that in one account Guyer is saying that Bush “stole” his car. I guess that shows how he’ll be building his defense.

  2. Dave says:

    I think it is a little much for the Tufano family to blame the Rays for this incident. The organization tried to make sure a lapse in judgement would happen like this and unfortunately their players didn’t listen. Guyer gave him the car and Bush was the idiot who went out and did this. To say its the rays fault is wrong in my opinion. The blame needs to be placed on Bush.

    • Beth says:

      I agree. If McDonalds hires someone with a history of alcohol abuse and that person is involved in an DUI during his off hours, do we blame McDonald’s for having hired him? I don’t think so.

      I would say that either the Tufano family is just overcome with the situation (if it were your family member, wouldn’t you blame everyone?) or they are talking to a personal injury lawyer who is hoping to identify some deeper pockets than Bush’ and Guyers’.

      • Justin says:

        See below, when you sue for damages in a civil suit, you bring charges against every possible defendant. You may not understand or like it, but it’s how the process works.

    • Justin says:

      This is how civil suits work; you sue everyone. Everyone who might possibly be involved.

      It’s not about being right or wrong, it’s how the process works. Every time. When you have a lawyer who knows what he or she is doing. You sue every possible defendant.

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