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Hey, Jose: Please check your swing
It’s not exactly breaking news to assert that former slugger Jose Canseco might be just a little out there.
With a barrage of imprudent tweets about his involvement in an alleged sexual assault in Las Vegas, Canseco seems to have crossed a dangerous line, going from quirky and confounding online sideshow to a man who may be distressed, unstable, unhealthy and perhaps in trouble that extends beyond his current legal situation.
In the past two days, Canseco has tweeted the name, phone number and place of business of his accuser, as well as photos of the woman — later deleting some of the messages but choosing, seemingly at random, to leave others up. He also tweeted that he didn't wipe out any of those tweets, which somehow vanished.
For the record I do not delete tweets. I have nothing to hide. The truth always comes out.— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) May 23, 2013
He’s also repeatedly petitioned her to take a public, televised polygraph test, continuing to refer to her by name, as though doing so is OK.
And Canseco has offered no sense that he even begins to grasp that, even if he is innocent, attempting to publicly shame an accuser isn’t the way to handle such a sensitive situation.
Regardless of whether he’s telling the truth about the legitimacy of the assault claim he’s allegedly facing — and clearly, he’s confident that he is — Canseco seems to have no understanding of the possible ramifications of his online actions.
That point has been underlined by the fact that he A) keeps tweeting about her and B) continues to seamlessly weave in unrelated updates about an appearance with an independent league team in Texas this week, as though the sexual assault claims are garden-variety social media fodder.
There are plenty more tweets like these, and, though most people, historically, have found Canseco’s irreverence humorous, each new post does more to beg the question: Is there actually something more seriously wrong with this man? Is he in a frame of mind where it’s a good idea — or even safe — for him to be in the public eye?
And rather than allowing Canseco to keep painting a caricature of himself and reducing himself to a constant topic of water-cooler discussion, should someone, anyone, who has a say in the way he lives his life — if such people actually exist — be doing something to try to get him help?
It might sound extreme to make such a leap and question Canseco’s safety to both himself and others, especially when talking about a celebrity who has curated an online presence based almost entirely on being obscure, profane, frivolous and taboo. Just look at a small sampling of his tweets in random weeks, in which his bizarre side certainly shined through:
I do not smell like dragon blood and immortality— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) May 19, 2013
If god does exist or if aliens r watching us I wonder what they think about us— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) May 11, 2013
i also talk about time travel. is it possible? yes. i have done it.— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) April 25, 2013
who wants me to paint them? or i could paint your dog. or your dog and cat. or your cat if you only have a cat.— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) April 19, 2013
dam vegas has sand squatches— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) April 8, 2013
Joe Biden must watch a lot of porn in his hotel room— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) March 25, 2013
Why is the new pope more dead than alive I don't get it.why can't I be pope— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) March 14, 2013
But Canseco’s recent foray into making light of sexual assault accusations is a different story and should sound an alarm for anyone who cares about his livelihood. It’s easy to deride him as crazy, but Canseco has reached a point at which someone may actually need to call his sanity into question. A person who doesn’t see the harm in publicly outing his own alleged sexual assault victim to 500,000 strangers online isn’t exactly using his best judgment.
His ex-girlfriend, Leila Knight, told TMZ she thinks Canseco should stay off Twitter and bashed the accuser in the process.
However, rather than allow him to jaunt around the country pretending he's still a ballplayer, challenging Shaq to fights, a person with Canseco’s true best interests at heart should stop him before he makes things worse and hurts himself or others.