Month 2006 Ethics Dunces
Toronto Blue Jays GM J.P. RicciardiIt is admittedly hard to tell the truth when you don't comprehend the concept of lying, and maybe this really is J.P. Ricciardi's problem. The general manager of the Toronto Blue Jay's recently admitted that he lied to the press and the public when he stated that relief ace B.J. Ryan wasn't pitching in spring training because of a sore back. After the pitcher's elbow fell apart shortly after the season began and he had to have major surgery to repair it, Ricciardi came clean. Yes, Ryan's elbow was always the problem not his back. But his false statement wasn't a lie, oh no! "There's a lot of things we don't tell the media because the media doesn't need to know and the fans don't need to know," Ricciardi explained. "They're not lies if we know the truth."
The Scoreboard has heard all sorts of rationalizations for lying, but this one is air-tight. If you don't know the truth about something and say something false, it obviously isn't a lie, because you thought it was true. And according to Ricciardi, if you do know the truth and misrepresent it, that's not lying either! Ricciardi wasn't lying, because lying is impossible!!
Or J.P. Ricciardi is just a Major League Ethics Dunce. That would seem to be more likely than his theory, don't you think?