Here is as much as I need to know of the business world.
When you choose to live as an intimidater, when you decide to live the life of the tough guy in business, you had better be perfectly clean in your own operations. Because when you are not, when the trouble starts to come, there is not going to be a friend to come to your defense.
And that is the world that Tony Bernazard lived in.
Like Willie Randolph last year, when the heat came, there was no one, not a player, not management, who would come to his defense. If Bernazard's closest allies were at the top of the Mets franchise, in the ownership offices,there was not a person below them who would put themselves on the line to defend him.
His actions were indefensible and the investigation the Mets admitted backed up the troubles. The Mets could not defend the charges - although throwing in the intentions of the writer who broke the story, Adam Rubin of the NY Daily News - was ludicrious. If the Bernazard era is over, the era of incompetence in handling these matters certainly seems to be continuing.
Here is the reality - they said that the team was already investigating Bernazard. So how could Rubin breaking the news first be anything suspicious? It was good reporting to be the first one to write it - news that the organization claims it already was checking on. Oh, and the stories have been proven true - if not exactly to the detail that the stories claimed according to Omar MInaya.
Tony Bernazard is not going to be missed by the organization. The Mets had to make this move to get past the troubles. But now they opened up a whole new batch of trouble.
Which is just more of the same. One era over. Another error floating into Citi Field.