June 17, 2015

"Team" but not "FBI" makes Cards statement curious

The St. Louis Cardinals released the following statement June 16, 2015, regarding the FBI investigation into last year's alleged security breath involving the Houston Astros:

“The St. Louis Cardinals are aware of the investigation into the security breach of the Houston Astros’ database.  The team has fully cooperated with the investigation and will continue to do so.  Given that this is an ongoing federal investigation, it is not appropriate for us to comment further.”

Although accurate, there's a curious usage of the word "team" in the statement, where in this case, considering the focus of the investigation is apparently the front office or administrative employ of the St. Louis Cardinals. One might expect to see the word, "organization," in place of the word, "team," in such a statement.

When the word, "team," is used the statement seems to direct any potential blame on players instead of non-player staff.

Another avoidance in the statement is the acronym, "FBI."

On the other hand, in a country where finger-pointing equals guilt, one should be careful not to "convict before the fact."

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