Royals GM’s Danny Duffy DUI arrest presser goes somewhat off-topic
Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore held a press conference Tuesday to address pitcher Danny Duffy’s DUI arrest Sunday. That is hardly surprising. What may be slightly surprising is how Moore arguably veered off-course and strayed off-topic by bringing up such topics as as pornography and domestic violence.
Moore mentioned in his comments how the Royals have made it a mission to educate their ballplayers about off-the-field risks in the wake of pitcher Yordano Ventura’s death in the Dominican Republic in January in a car crash. But Moore’s comments, instead of focusing upon the dangers of alcohol abuse and drinking and driving, involved linking pornography to domestic violence.
“We’ve done a lot of leadership stuff with our players,” Moore said, via The Kansas City Star. “(We’re) very transparent about things that happen in our game, not only with drugs and alcohol. We talk about pornography, and the effects of what that does to the minds of players and the distractions, and how that leads to abuse of — domestic abuse — to abuse of women. How it impacts relationships — we talk about a lot of things. And I don’t mind sharing with you.”
As noted by Deadspin, Moore is a deeply religious person, so his views on such matters fall in line with his beliefs. But the case can be made that his discussion of pornography and domestic violence and the like came off slightly off-script, even if Moore was simply explaining the team’s mission to educate players.
Moore reportedly spent nearly 40 minutes addressing such issues in the wake of Duffy’s DUI arrest. While pointing out how Royals players have the “freedom and the choices of manhood,” the onus is on himself and the organization to “constantly look at ways to help improve the character and help mold and shape our players.”
And Moore made it clear he takes that mission seriously.
“I take this personally when our players fail off the field,” Moore said. “I take it personally. And we should examine that very strongly as an organization.”