I got an E-mail in my box yesterday pointing to a story on Deadspin about Ryan Dempster.


As I’m sure you saw on Deadspin on Friday, Ryan Dempster sexually harassed a fan. He asked her (nicely) to take her top off in exchange for the ball he was using to soft-toss; when she declined, he nevertheless gave her the ball, and then signed it with “Take off your damn top”

I argue that he should be suspended.

This is the first time that a major media outlet has nabbed a player, *on-field and in-uniform*, harassing a female fan. If John Rocker received a one-month suspension for his statements, certainly Dempster should spend a week or so on an unpaid vacation.


Here is a picture of the woman and the ball. If you click the image, it will enlarge so you can see the inscription.

So my question to you is this: If it’s indeed true that Ryan Dempster did say and write the things in this article and picture, what should be done to him? Let’s get the discussion going, and thanks to Dan for the great topic for our first off-season coffee thread.

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