IF YOU THINK DON IMUS has some decision problems, check out Lastings Milledge.
Milledge, rehabbing in Triple A ball for the New York Mets, has a rap song that frequently uses the N-word, and calls women the B-word and "ho's" in a song titled "Bend Ya Knees".
"He's lost his mind," City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-Queens) told the New York Daily News yesterday. "I don't understand how he could, in the spirit of Jackie Robinson, put out music that's so vile, using some of the worst words in music."
Milledge is the CEO of Soul-ja Boi records and performs with rapper Manny D.
A rightfielder drafted by the Mets with the 12th overall pick in the 2003 amateur draft, Milledge hasn't exactly had the kind of past that has anyone rooting for him. He was expelled in 2003 from Northside Christian School in St. Petersburg, Fla., for having sex with a 15-year-old. Last year, he didn't exactly endear himself to teammates by his actions, which included high-fiving with fans after hitting a home run.
But this latest act could be the final straw.
"We disapprove of the content, language and message of this recording, which does not represent the views of the New York Mets," the team said in a statement.
Milledge wouldn't talk about his recording career to the New York Daily News when asked, saying he wanted to instead concentrate on his baseball career.
But Manny D couldn't resist. He had this to say: "Do I feel like he should watch what he says because he's in the public eye? Yeah, but everything he's doing is positive. He's not out there shooting people or shooting up dope. How can you fault somebody for something they say?"
Very well, then. Manny D, you are a dope.
But don't fault us for something we say. *
- Bob Cooney