“Wild Thing” Just as Wild Off the Mound
This week, MLB Network analyst and former reliever/1989 Cubs All-Star, Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams has found his way back into news headlines. However, not as a player, but a coach, and for all the wrong reasons.
Williams was ejected from a youth game for foul language, where he called an umpire a motherf***** in front of the players, observers told Deadspin. Mind you, Williams coaches 10-year-olds. According to Deadspin, sources said that Williams had complained about many calls, arguments ensued with umpires on the field. One umpire confronted Williams and a face-to-face confrontation, where other coaches had to physically separate Williams from the umpire. It led to the coach initially being banned from the tournament.
Williams offered an explanation on Twitter:
Quite possibly due to terrible grammar and punctuation, the tweets have been removed from his account. The only remaining tweet still leads followers to believe the umpires were to be blamed for the entire fiasco.
The following day, Williams’s tweets changed when he posted an apology. However, standing firm that reports of profanity were false.
But wait, it gets better… Later in the week, reports claim that “Wild Thing” called a child “a p*ssy” and ordered one of his 10-year-old players to hit the opposing pitcher with a beanball. Witnesses, also contacting Deadspin, said that Williams was badgering the opposing coaches nonstop, calling one a “squirrelly little teapot.”
Since the information surfaced, Williams has stayed quiet on social media. The MLB Network released a statement to the Daily News on Saturday that “Mitch Williams has decided to take a leave of absence from his role at MLB Network at this time. We are continuing to look into the matter.”
No matter which version you choose to believe, one thing is for certain, there is no excuse for this behavior:
At least not in front of 10-year-olds.