On Sunday, the Chicago White Sox announced that their starting pitcher, Chris Sale, had been suspended for 5 days following an incident in the clubhouse.
According to the official statement by the team, Sale was suspended for violating team rules, insubordination and destroying team equipment.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 24, 2016
Sale was scratched from his start against the Tigers after becoming upset over the team placing too much focus on its attire. Sale is said to have cut up several jerseys with a knife.
Not a joke: Source says Sale blowup was because he didn't want to wear throwbacks, so he cut the jerseys up so no one could wear them.
— Tommy Stokke (@StokkeTommy) July 23, 2016
Sources say: Sale cut up throwbacks during batting practice. Upset that, in his view, PR and jersey sales were more important than winning.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 24, 2016
Finally, told Sale used a knife to do whatever cutting he did of uniforms. Which really shouldn't add to the story but somehow does.
— Julie DiCaro (@JulieDiCaro) July 24, 2016
The White Sox were entertaining trade offers for Sale before the outburst, but with his temper tantrum hitting the news one has to wonder if this will impact his trade value.