Geek versus Jock Update

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Kevin sent me this link a few days ago:

In case you don't remember, Manning and his buddies teased, and then beat up some poor guy who dared to use a laptop. He has been suspended for one game, which seems pretty lax to me. I mean, beating someone up isn't the end of the world, but it reflects an attitude that I think is pretty disgusting. I really hope the victim takes Manning to court.

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Comment 1 by John Wilker posted on 11/24/2006 at 9:56 PM

I'm usually anti lawsuit, but this is definitely not a frivolous case. I hope the guy takes manning to court too, and rings his bell, financially.

Comment 2 by Joseph Lamoree posted on 11/25/2006 at 2:26 AM

You may want to mention that the NFL player was Chicago Bears' cornerback Ricky Manning Jr., and not one of the Manning's that we've actually heard of, such as Peyton Manning... 6'-5", 230 lbs., with a laser rocket arm. :)

Comment 3 by Raymond Camden posted on 11/25/2006 at 2:31 AM

Good point. Sorry about that. I like to watch football, but I'm mostly a casual watcher, don't know half the players.

Comment 4 by Frank Hipolito posted on 11/27/2006 at 8:25 PM

As both a jock and a geek, I'd like to hear both sides of the story. Where is the original link with specifics about what Manning actually did? That article has no specifics, and I was not there to get both sides of the story.

As far as the suspension. Has anyone here ever been suspended by their employer for something they did outside of their workplace. that had nothing to do with their employer's business?

Comment 5 by Raymond Camden posted on 11/27/2006 at 8:43 PM

Frank, there are plenty of cases where someone gets laid off because of something they did outside of work. If I murdered someone I wouldn't expect to keep my job for long.

As for both sides - Manning, Jr already pleaded no contest. There were witnesses and even a video tape I believe.

A few articles:

Comment 6 by John Wilker posted on 11/27/2006 at 8:55 PM

I think being suspended is getting off much easier than any of us would. Like Ray said, plenty pf people get laid off for things they do outside the work place. Manning is probably lucky (well not really because I think he'd have to kill 10 people to get fired) to have his job.

Comment 7 by Frank Hipolito posted on 11/27/2006 at 9:27 PM

Thanks for the link. The exact details on everything I read had no specifics. One of your two links had actual details.

"According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, Los Angeles Police Department detective Robert Lewis said a group of people -- including Manning -- attacked a man in a Denny's after teasing him for working on a laptop computer."

You'd figure that when you're getting millions of dollars, you'd figure out how to avoid situations like this, but apparantly not.

Comment 8 by Ali posted on 11/30/2006 at 4:27 AM

Somebody mentioned that beating someone up or getting beat up is not the end of the world. True.

But I think the report is that not only Manning (a husky football player) repeatedly punched and kicked the guy, and other people in his entourage did the same. I don't know about you, but that would not be fun.

That's pretty horrifying. Even those of us who are jock-ish, would not be able to take that kind of abuse and would be traumatized.

He's certainly getting off extremely lightly.