For those of you who don’t remember, Chad Curtis was a “journeyman” baseballer who patrolled major league outfields for the then-California Angels, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and Texas Rangers between 1992 and 2001. Over his career he compiled a .264 batting average and hit 101 home runs
Before today, Curtis was probably best remembered for his stoning of NBC sportscaster and asshole extraordinaire Jim Gray after Game 3 of the 1999 World Series. Curtis was the left-fielder for the New York Yankees at the time, and after winning Game 3 with a walk-off homer against the Atlanta Braves; he refused to talk to Gray in a post-game on-field interview. This was done in response to Gray’s controversial interview with Pete Rose after the MasterCard All-Century Team ceremony before which took place prior to Game 2. During this interview, Gray had badgered Pete Rose about his involvement in gambling on baseball. The players all felt this was an insult to the occasion of bringing all these great players together, and they all agreed nobody would speak to Gray. Of course, after the walk-off homer, the duty of telling Gray to stick it up his ass fell on Curtis.
The trouble is Curtis is now alleged to have an interest in some underaged ass (from CBS Los Angeles)
WOODLAND, Mich. (CBS/AP) — Former major league outfielder Chad Curtis was arrested Thursday on accusations he inappropriately touched two students at a Michigan high school where he was in line to become football coach.
Curtis, 43, is charged with five counts of criminal sexual conduct, said Barry County Undersheriff Robert Baker.
Curtis was arraigned Thursday in Barry County District Court and was freed after posting $25,000 in cash on a $250,000 bond, Baker said.
The charges are based on complaints from two teenage girls, according to Barry County Prosecutor Tom Evans. He told WZZM-TV that he authorized the charges against Curtis.
Curtis was volunteering at Lakewood High School in Woodland, about 50 miles southeast of Grand Rapids. The Lake Odessa resident was in line to become the school’s football coach before the accusations emerged.
David Dodge Sr., whose firm is representing Curtis, said he couldn’t say much about the case at this point.
“Chad Curtis … denies any criminal wrongdoing,” Dodge said.
After retiring from Major League Baseball, Curtis was employed as the Athletic Director and weight training instructor at North Pointe Christian High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan from the fall of 2006 to the late fall of 2009. According to an article posted on the website MLive.com, Curtis was dismissed from that job in 2009 for reasons that were not clearly stated. It is also not clear whether the allegations stem from his time at North Pointe or during his time at Lakewood.
I only have two things to say about this. First of all, if you have been a reader of this blog, you know that when it comes to criminal charges , I am not the guy who is willing to play the “rush to judgement” game. I’ve been on record several times saying just that, so I’m not going to change that now. Let’s all wait and see what comes out of this situation…this is America, and in America, you are innocent until proven guilty.
Secondly, regardless of the outcome of this situation, I have a message for every adult out there: KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF THE KIDS! This should be self-explanatory, but apparently it isn’t. So, I will say it again…KEEP YOUR GODDAMN HANDS OFF THE KIDS! Look, I understand the world is full of 17-year old girls who have the drive, and surely have the equipment, but they shouldn’t be getting the experience from anybody who doesn’t have a “-teen” in their age. That should be coming from their pimply-voiced, scabby-faced little boyfriends, not some ass-loaf who needs Just for Men to hide the gray in his beard.
Just remember this, not only will fifteen get you twenty, but just the appearance of impropriety here will get you deep-fried. When the investigation first began, Curtis went on the record to deny the charges.
Curtis denied the allegations in an interview with 24 Hour News 8 outside of his home. He asked for prayers from the community as the legal process runs its course.
“I don’t believe I touched any students inappropriately…I care about my community. I care about my students,” Curtis said, declining to comment further about the allegations. “We got some stuff going on and I trust that things are gonna work out fine for all people involved.”
“I want to let the process take care of itself the way it’s supposed to…”
Again, this message is for all adults… It doesn’t matter whether you think the involvement with a minor is “inappropriate,” because this isn’t about you. There’s about eighty bazillion reasons why having a sexual relationship with a minor is horribly wrong, and none of them are about you. If you feel the need to make this about you, then follow this rule: When in doubt, if there is even the slightest inkling that your interaction with a minor might be inappropriate, if you think even for one second you might be even near the line, DON’T DO IT BECAUSE SOME REALLY BAD SHIT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU!!!
To see why you need to follow the rule, just look at what is going to happen to Chad Curtis. Even if Curtis is found not guilty, there are people out there who will always think he’s a skeevy pervert. This is why even if Curtis is found not guilty, his career working in schools is over. This is also why even if Curtis is found not guilty, he’s likely going to have to move to another town where nobody knows him, otherwise somebody is going to spray-paint “Baby Fucker” on his garage door at least three times a month. Not to mention what he may be in for if he is found guilty; sex offenders usually don’t fare too well on the other side of the wall.
After all that, just to make sure you’ve all got the message, I’ll say it a third time…KEEP YOUR GODDAMN HANDS OFF THE KIDS!