The Los Angeles Angels blog at SB Nation might have some explaining to do.
The blog, Halos Heaven, caught the ire of Twitter and the Internet on Tuesday, as it posted a brutal takedown of outfielder Josh Hamilton, who was traded to the Texas Rangers on Monday. Hamilton’s drug problems are widely known, and his latest relapse signaled the beginning of the end of his time with the Angels.
A writer going by the name of “Rev Halofan” posted a story titled “Adios Angels! Addict Hamilton Denies Any Responsibility” in response to Hamilton’s Tuesday news conference, during which he said the Angels and team owner Arte Moreno knew the risks that came with signing him.
Labeling Hamilton a “coddled hilbilly,” the writer ripped into Hamilton, accusing him of taking no blame for his recent problems, issues that obviously led to the end of his time in Southern California.
“Josh, when you finally die of a drug related matter, it won’t be Arte Moreno’s fault. It won’t be the fault of the good fans in Anaheim who figured out your little game,” the blog reads.
Things got even darker when the writer referenced the 2006 death of former MLB pitcher Steve Howe, who died when he crashed his truck. The autopsy revealed Howe had methamphetamine in his system.
“I think of Steve Howe’s face crushed against his truck’s windshield on a lonely interstate highway with crystal meth in his bloodstream and I know that all the blame will be on you, all of it, as it was with Howe. I can only hope that when you do yourself in, which you will, that, mercifully like Howe, you take nobody else with you.”
The post has since been deleted, but the Internet forgets nothing, especially when screen shots are involved.
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Halos Heaven didn’t shy away from the story, either, at least not for a little while after the story went live. Several tweets sent on the blog’s account stood by the story and its message.
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The Twitter account has since gone relatively silent, other than what appears to be an automated tweet sent for a story Tuesday morning.
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