And then maybe fire him a third time

November 15, 2003 · Filed Under Mariners · Comments Off on And then maybe fire him a third time 

Kim Ng, formerly an Officially Endorsed Candidate for Mariners GM, is in the news for the wrong reasons — Bill Singer of the Mets got drunk and made an ass of himself in a hotel bar after an Arizona Fall League game. From the New York Daily News which has the only detailed account I found this morning:

According to people at the conference with knowledge of what happened, an apparently drunken Singer approached Ng and belligerently asked: “What are you doing here?”

“I’m working,” Ng replied.

“What are you doing here?” Singer repeated.

“I’m the assistant general manager of the Dodgers.”

“Where are you from?” Singer asked.

“I’m from Indiana,” Ng said, referring to her birthplace. She was raised in Ridgewood, N.J.

“No, where are you from?” Singer asked.

“My family is originally from China,” Ng said.

Singer then allegedly started speaking gibberish, making fun of Chinese – which led Cashman to act, sources said.

The Mets are still employing Singer, though they’re waffling on whether or not that might be the case. They’ll probably try and gauge public reaction to see if they have to.

They should have fired him on the spot. Oh, I know how hard it is to actually fire people, and the lawsuits you can incur, but this is a clear case where you have to fire someone and come out and say “I only wish we employed other members of his family and his friends so we could fire them, too. We’re considering re-hiring him so we can fire him again.” And if he fires a lawsuit on the termination, you counter-sue for damage done to your organization and get to destroy them on the stand in front of a jury, and the worst thing that happens is some of your lawyers are tied up for a while making an expressive point about your organization’s feelings about the matter.

This is just stupid.

I did like that Ng made Singer run around the block before he could act like an idiot. “Where are you from?” indeed. She’s from America, you racist slack-jawed yokel, same as you. Get over it or move to Russia.