Damned ex-Yankee Chuck Knoblauch took to Twitter early Thursday and unleashed a rant that was about as on-target as one of his double-pump throws from second base.
The 46-year-old Knoblauch, a four-time all-star in Minnesota before teaming up with Derek Jeter in New York, seemed to strike a sarcastic tone when he implied people who drive drunk and commit domestic violence should be lauded.
It created the social media backlash you might expect.
“You know what. Let’s pay tribute to all the drunk drivers in the world. All the domestic violent offenders, yes me. Is the nation sad?” Knoblauch, who earned three World Series rings with the Yankees from 1998-2001, tweeted.
“We are all sad stories,” Knoblauch, who now lives in Houston, tweeted just after midnight local time. “I’m guilty that’s it. I will never be guilty Of drunk driving. It’s sad like everything else. But f—king stand”
“UP AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. DONE. CRY NOMORE TEARS. I STAND UP. ITS MY FAULT.”
It’s unclear what Knoblauch was referring to, but one likely candidate is a recent domestic violence charge against him.
He was arrested July 23 for misdemeanor assault after court records allege he smashed his wife Cheri’s head into a wall, Click 2 Houston reported. Police said the former baseball star appeared to be intoxicated and observed a knot on his wife’s forehead, scratch to her face and a large bruise on her arm.
Knoblauch’s name was also in the news Wednesday after a videotaped deposition from 2009 featuring former Yankees teammate Roger Clemens was released. Clemens faces a defamation suit tied to steroid allegations levied by trainer Brian McNamee.
McNamee said he provided banned drugs to Andy Pettitte, Knoblauch and Clemens. Knoblauch, whose name was included in the now-infamous Mitchell Report, has admitted using human growth hormone.
But what set Knoblauch off on his late night social media binge is anyone’s guess. And plenty of people weighed in with their best – and worst – assumptions.
@NervousNeophyte tweeted: “How drunk are u right now lol”
“Im not a—hole,” Knoblauch responded.
@BTesch73 tweeted: “Well said Chuck, everyone makes mistakes it’s what we do with them that defines who we are.”
@VincentFrankNFL tweeted: “No, Chuck. Just no. Log off.”
@TheLilRoz316 tweeted: “aw….now you stop that. Don’t hand fools the bullets for their guns.”
@stevelspence tweeted: “Tweeting drunk can almost be as dangerous as driving drunk.”