If you tried to visit this blog earlier this afternoon and wondered where it went, you can thank Lunarpages for that. They had a power outage in their server farm today, and circumstances prevented the emergency power from going on. It was ugly. I’m hoping to get a free month of service out of this…
Anyway, you probably left here and went to visit the gang at Deadspin, which was all over the Ricky Manning Jr. arrest today. They pointed us to this Chicago Sun-Times report, in which an LAPD detective says that the incident at Denny’s in Westwood started when Ricky and his posse spotted a guy typing away on his laptop.
According to the detective, Manning was in a group that attacked a man in the restaurant after teasing him for working on a laptop computer.
“The group began by making comments that the victim looked like a geek or a nerd,” Lewis said.
The victim asked the group to stop and then complained to a Denny’s manager before someone in the group punched him in the face. He then was punched and kicked by multiple attackers until losing consciousness, Lewis said.
Apparently, being up at 3:00 in the morning made Ricky think he was back in high school. In Columbine, Colorado.
Seriously, once you get into your mid-20s, you really ought to be done with this whole jocks vs. geeks thing. I mean, it’s one thing to call someone a geek. I get called a geek and a nerd all the time, and I usually respond with “Yeah, pretty much,” and that’s that. I mean, I own a Diggnation T-Shirt. I don’t mind being seen in sports bar using a Treo 650 like a tiny laptop. I’ve pretty much accepted my inherent dorkiness.
But to let it get to the point where ass-kicking is involved? Can people not just talk it out in five minutes, let bygones be bygones and move on, even in a Denny’s at 3:00 in the morning? Are people just that unable to grow up?
Apparently, Ricky Manning Jr. is. Again, I’d like to thank the Chicago Bears for taking this guy off the Panthers’ hands. Whatever defensive back Carolina picks up in the middle rounds should be an improvement in maturity alone.