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  •  Just out of curiosity, does anyone know (0+ / 0-)

    if RedState's Dan McLaughlin is the same Dan McLaughlin who does STL Cardinals broadcasts for Fox Sports Midwest and has had 2 DUIs in the past year?

    Apparently RS's Dan McLaughlin is a baseball guy too but I can't find anything actually confirming if it's the same guy or not.

    TEABAGGER: Totally Enraged About Blacks And Gays Getting Equal Rights

    by yg17 on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 09:48:26 PM PST

    •  nope (3+ / 0-)
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      Onomastic, Matt Z, yg17

      definitely different guy, and thank goodness. see here

      As for the broadcaster McLaughlin, he gave this interview to the PD a while back, and I think it probably saved his job. He was (surprisingly) not fired. That 2nd DUI seems like it really rang his bell....

      McLaughlin was asked by the Post-Dispatch if he deserves to be back in the Cardinals booth, then thought long before answering.

      "I don't necessarily know if I should, because I hold a position of which I represent not just myself but many,'' he said. "I respect those people and I understand this is a very hard decision for them. I can only hope for forgiveness and the chance to turn a very bad circumstance into a tremendous positive and to gain their trust back.

      "If I'm lucky enough to get my job back — and I know that's a big if — I hope that people can look at me, the people who struggle with this disease every single minute of every single day, and say, 'If that guy could do it, I can, too.' I would want nothing more than this to be a story of inspiration and hope for those who deal with this, because many don't understand just how hard this is. I'd really like to say that if I can keep my sobriety, which is a struggle, if people can look at me and gain a sense that they can do it too ... there is hope. I'm living proof of that.

      "To have my job back, it's completely out of my control. And if they fire me tomorrow, I'd have nobody to blame other than myself. This is nobody else's fault. It's completely mine and I take full responsibility for it.'

      Basically, most people in his position get defensive; he sounded genuinely contrite and was clearly expecting the axe.

      It's a long article, but a really good read. I happen to like Dan, not least because he's audibly irritated by color guy Al Hrabosky (who is an abrasive know-it-all jerk). FWIW: the mug shots & police reports are probably up on The Smoking Gun, and I'm sure they're quite hilarious if you're into that sort of thing.

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