I happened to be flipping through some links this morning and came upon this report of a dust up between Braves’ coach, Terry Pendleton, and Chris Johnson. I found the replay to be quite disturbing.
The problem for me here is that I have no idea of the history that preceded the incident. I do not know if Chris Johnson is a jerk or not. I do not know if he did throw his helmet that supposedly hit Pendleton. All I know is what I see and what I see is a highly physical and aggressive move on the part of Pendleton that was not answered back by Johnson.
How is this different than what happened with Tino Martinez? Pendleton’s actions were in full view of the entire team, a face-losing thing for Johnson. Not only did Pendleton grab Johnson’s jersey, but he pushed him aggressively and I can tell you from experience such a push hurts.
Pendleton is Johnson’s superior. As a superior, you have to restrain yourself. You should never show up an subordinate in front of his peers–or in front of America for that matter.
No matter what kind of guy Johnson is, no matter what happened, Pendleton has to be better than that and he was not. I do not see how Pendleton’s actions go without discipline. As someone who has been in “management” for decades, I found what happened here totally inappropriate and even more than that, wrong.