Another day, another Dodgers teammate defending Justin Turner. The veteran infield came under fire after he celebrated on the field following Los Angeles’ World Series victory over the Rays. It was made public right around the time of the celebration that Turner had tested positive for COVID-19.
MLB later issued a statement that claimed Turner had forced his way onto the field by refusing to comply with league officials’ requests. Now, Dodgers teammate Blake Treinen is saying that it went down much differently than we know. He appeared on the Wrap Radio with Patrick Meagher this week to talk about the entire situation, and it’s probably going to make you a little bit angry.
I think the general public isn’t really given a lot of the truth involved in that and it’s really unfair what’s happening. Without going into detail, I think MLB really needs to be supporting him more than they are smearing him the way they did. That guy has given 10 years to the league, he’s been a phenomenal ambassador for the game. He asked if he could come out onto the field and people escorted him out there, it’s not like he ran out there.
The fact that JT was escorted out onto the field tells you that the story is already much different than what we know. Dodgers fans were told by highly regarded media members and the league that he ignored the requests of MLB officials and went onto the field anyway. But Treinen didn’t stop there with his truth bombs. From the sound of it, players weren’t entirely satisfied with the way media members behaved in the bubble.
Justin is one of the greatest teammates I’ve ever had. And so for people to go out there and to start tweeting these reports instantly about how irresponsible it is, those are the same people who were doing things irresponsible within our own bubble.
There are so many layers to this situation, but this is shaping up to be a PR nightmare for MLB. If this is truly the case, then members of the media and the league knowingly portrayed Turner’s actions in a way that puts the blame squarely on him. Was it irresponsible? Certainly. But for the league to deny all responsibility is incredibly disingenuous.