ESPN baseball writer Howard Bryant's arrest has now taken a very interesting turn: Buz Eisenberg, Bryant's attorney, claims that race was a factor in his arrest:
''Mr. Bryant was the victim of excessive force,'' Eisenberg said, according to Recorder.com. ''Police responded to the scene and rather than do an investigation, they made an arrest of a black man with a white wife."
Bryant, who is 42 years old, was charged with domestic assault and battery as well as battery on a police officer. Five witnesses claim that they saw the writer choke his wife and force her in to a car. He was freed on $5,000 bail on the same day.
Since the arrest, some things have changed.
Bryant's wife, Veronique Bryant, is now claiming that Bryant never assaulted her. Thus far, ESPN has declined to comment.
The arrest of Howard Bryant is certainly interesting. On one hand, there is the strong possibility that police overreacted. We know that there is an abundance of evidence that officers are more aggressive toward African Americans.
We also live in a nation where lynch mobs taunted O.J. Simpson for nearly 20 years, after he was accused of hurting a white female. With Bryant also having a white wife, these allegations are certainly worthy of an investigation.
We also know, however, that there is a huge incentive on the part of Bryant's attorneys to play the race card.
After all, getting arrested for domestic assault is not exactly going to bolster Bryant's career at ESPN. There are five witnesses who claim to have seen him assaulting his wife, and unless it can be proven that they have an incentive to lie, I am not readily inclined to believe that this arrest was racially motivated.
Also, I would speculate that advocates against domestic violence, like Sil Lai Abrams, might say that Mrs. Bryant's pleas for her husband's innocence could be symptomatic of Battered Woman's Syndrome.
Quite a few women are beaten senseless by their husbands and then refuse to cooperate with authorities, utilizing large amounts of taxpayer money in the process. Unfortunately, many of these women end up dead, which is why the police have an obligation to thoroughly investigate.
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