Perhaps that best describes Paul Godfrey’s call for
police probe in the ‘dire’ matter of the thrown beer can
See YouTube link of beer can toss: https://youtu.be/sQFWenZSIpY
COMMENTARY / By John Devine / Awakening Associate Editor
Believe it or not, gamblers are defined as players in the recreational industry as a whole, much in the same way that we define baseball players, soccer players etc. And there’s a major convergence of interests as Casino-owning tribes buy up minor-league baseball stadiums, and casino advertisements plaster the walls of major league sports stadiums.
Indeed, one only has to go to most sports channels and see the poker competitions, where the commentator identifies the gamblers literally as “players.”
So imagine our surprise when Post Media President Paul Godfrey stated on CBC radio on Oct. 9th that a single fan in the stands at a recent Toronto Blue Jays game threw an apparently full beer can in the general direction of a player in left field—while Godfrey fumed that the police should waste no time in getting to the bottom of such a travesty. (See incident in video posted with this article)
For the record, the beer can missed the outfielder who’s assumed to have been the intended target. And the thrower turned out to be a Post Media journalist, ironically.
To provide some much-needed contrast, The Awakening asks this: How is it that, to hear Godfrey tell it, the beer-thrower should be investigated by the police for ALMOST “injuring” a ball player in an incident that lasted a few seconds? Yet players in the gaming industry (gamblers) are given free rein to assault employees providing casino services in a day-to-day nonstop fashion, while also carrying out assaults on fellow players at casinos. Yes, this also applies to Casino Rama in Orillia, Ontario, where indigenous and non-indigenous peoples are victimized in on-site altercations and through the non-removal of significant, long-term workplace hazards, among other things.
Mr. Godfrey was made aware of our allegations on such matters while he was Chairman of Ontario Lottery & Gaming, as well as Postmedia President. He has since stepped down from the OLG position.
Recently, conventional Canadian media have been bringing to the public’s attention assaults by players on spouses in various recreational venues (baseball, hockey, soccer etc.), as well as assaults against innocent citizens caught in the middle of fights (sometimes gun fights) involving players. The results of these whistle-blowing stories have caused the police to investigate.
But when Yours Truly blew the whistle to the Ontario Provincial Police some time ago, in regards to gamblers (players) assaulting employees and fellow gamblers under the roof of Casino Rama, nothing happened of a tangible nature.
Upon receiving my complaints, OPP Orillia Detachment Commander Goard referred me to the Ministry of Labour. The MOL responded to my letter by refusing to remove specific workplace hazards at the casino.
At the end of the day, all the OPP did was claim that these violations involving players in casinos fall under the MOL’s jurisdiction.
However, if one were to assume Commander Goard is right, then one would expect the MOL to also be the lead investigator in the beer can incident, since, in that case, the act of throwing the beer can was as much a workplace hazard for the ball players as it was anything else.
Besides, imagine how many beers and food items are thrown all over the place at various high-excitement, high-stakes sports games. Should we call the cops in every case, Mr. Godfrey?
But if the police is the proper entity to investigate the fan throwing the beer can at that Blue Jays game, then one would hope the Major League Baseball Players Association would want to know why the police haven’t investigated the employees and players who were, and still are, victimized in an ongoing manner as everyone engages in the opiate of gambling.
One also has to ask this: Did Commander Goard give Yours Truly the wrong information? If so, he perhaps knowingly violated my constitutional rights, which guarantee every citizen the protection of the law.
Furthermore, don’t Canadians have “other fish to fry” besides roasting those who have a lapse in control, lob a beer can onto an open field and injure no one? We have to aim a little higher. We need to protect our groundwater, get back to interest-free money, and stop the secretive selling off of our public assets. And that’s just for starters.