The Pirates beat the Reds last night in the NL Wild Card game, but an ugly storyline ensued surrounding Dallas Latos, the wife of Reds pitcher Mat Latos.
During the game, Latos tweeted that she was assaulted by a Pirates fan at PNC Park.
Got punched in the head at least 3 times by a pirates fan so this has been cool.— Dallas Latos (@DallasLatos) October 2, 2013
In the 15 hours since, her timeline is a continuing stream of information about the alleged assault, criticisms of stadium security and police, and conversations with supporters and trolls. Pittsburgh police held a news conference today to say they weren't moving forward with the case, but Latos is free to pursue charges herself. She tweeted that she will do just that.
Regardless of what happened at PNC Park, Latos tweeting her story uncovered the absolute worst of Twitter. These are actual tweets sent from real people to Dallas Latos after she alleged she was assaulted. Some of them are very disturbing.
@DallasLatos seriously youre a joke but I bet you love the attention you're getting,huh?— Pirates (@Pirates_Playoff) October 2, 2013
@DallasLatos stop being a pussy— babs bunny (@reebugg) October 2, 2013
@DallasLatos how did it feel to get your ass beat? hahah— Will (@TWillli) October 2, 2013
@DallasLatos Shut the fuck up you bitch if I saw you I would of hooked you too!— Jimmy Dero ⚾ (@jDERO26) October 2, 2013
There are literally hundreds of tweets that fill Latos' mentions that are in that same vein. Some even worse than those listed above.
One particular person who engaged in this kind of unseemly behavior was Pittsburgh radio host and former WCW commentator Mark Madden. Last night Madden appeared supportive of Latos telling her story and wanted to know more details.
Hey, @DallasLatos, who punched you in the head? Man, or woman? Describe incident in detail, plz.— Mark Madden (@MarkMaddenX) October 2, 2013
That changed today as he told her to "Shut the F up already." That led to this conversation between Madden and Latos:
@DallasLatos Shut the F up already. You've been telling ur story non-stop for 12 hours, you attention junkie. Tell the cops. Don't tell us.— Mark Madden (@MarkMaddenX) October 2, 2013
@MarkMaddenX already did & they didn't do anything. I'm responding to tweets. Congrats on being a dick.— Dallas Latos (@DallasLatos) October 2, 2013
@DallasLatos What's that make you? Just another hot girl who thinks she's the center of the universe. You're not,— Mark Madden (@MarkMaddenX) October 2, 2013
@DallasLatos Your husband wimped out of the playoffs. Now there are no more playoffs. Disappear along w/Dusty, the Reds& your hubby.— Mark Madden (@MarkMaddenX) October 2, 2013
@DallasLatos If you got treated bad, that's a shame. If the police didn't help, that sucks. But quit whining& deal w/it privately.— Mark Madden (@MarkMaddenX) October 2, 2013
Seeing that kind of behavior from trolls on Twitter is one thing... but to see it from radio hosts too? Yuck. If it was the wife of a Pirates player would Madden be telling them to "shut the F up"? Would he tell them to disappear along with their "hubby"? If it was someone he knew would he tell them to "quit whining"? Is that what we want to all people who are alleged assault victims? Shut up and just deal with it privately? Is that a culture that sports wants to perpetuate because a woman from a rival town happens to be the one making the claims?
For as many people that sent awful tweets about this situation, there were many that supported Dallas Latos. That's important to mention too. Even Latos herself was careful to say this was not a condemnation of all Pirates fans. There are some decent people in the world. However, all too often social media exposes this ugly underbelly of our society that hides in the darkness. The anonymity and distance that Twitter creates between people makes it all the more easier to hurl the ugliest of insults and swear words at others. Because of the abuse Latos has received, what happens the next time someone gets assaulted at a stadium? Do they stay silent next time because of the social media backlash?
The fact that our society condemns victims is disgusting. I have nothing to gain from telling my story besides a bunch of hate so save it.— Dallas Latos (@DallasLatos) October 2, 2013
" If it was the wife of a Pirates player would Madden be telling them to "shut the F up"? Would he tell them to disappear along with their "hubby"? If it was someone he knew would he tell them to "quit whining"?" -------- Yes, he would. Madden doesn't discriminate on who he's a total douche to. Everybody in Pittsburgh knows this already.
@awfulannouncing Madden was 100% on the $. He told her to talk to cops & was sympathetic IF it happened. But called her out. He's the man
@awfulannouncing And what do they mean ALLEGED assault? Does this guy think she's making all this up?!
@awfulannouncing Unfortunately, being assaulted ANYWHERE is a serious matter. She doesn't have to, and shouldn't, "shut the F up".
@awfulannouncing Why does he keep getting jobs?
@awfulannouncing I don't condone the behavior, but I am always suspicious of "look at me" type of scenarios, she reeks of that
@RyanDivish Twitter is such a great resource for mature people. Unfortunately, there's no accountability for bad behavior.
Madden is right. Like so many on social media, this woman is starved for attention and just looking for the spotlight. If a crime occurred, where is the proof?
Awful Announcing is a joke for criticizing Madden. This blog exists because a hack nobody needed a platform to criticize people who have actually been successful in their careers. I think Ms. Latos might fit in well on the AA team.
@SarahSpain I just looked at his tweets in the last few hours and the piling on. I don't like what he said but the piling on is awful.
@SarahSpain I just looked at his tweets in the last few hours and the replies. I don't likThe replies often are sickening.
Why twist this against @MarkMaddenX ? If the incident did occur, then it is not only horrendous, but also illegal. @DallasLatos should file a police report (especially if theft was also involved). Mark Madden is just saying 'walk the walk' already. In the 12 hours she has been tweeting about it she could have made TWO round trips from Cinci to Pittsburgh.
@rebeccapbp Madden told a girl that disagreed with him to "get back to the kitchen" one time
@TWillli wtf. I've been trying all day lol
@rebeccapbp Madden is constantly tweeting/saying offensive stuff like that. No reason he should have any sort of professional platform.
yeah maybe she is an attention seeking celeb but still the tweets from pukesburgh fans are just disgusting. especially from the radio host mark madden. what a tough guy. id love to see Mat Latos pay him a visit.
@awfulannouncing some people just don't understand that this is the easiest way to lose your job. Over/under on when he is fired?
It's disappointing to see a radio announcer get in on this. Latos hasn't seemed to help herself by answering all of the critics as she makes herself seem like an attention whore. Either way, it's sad to see all of the mentions from other people on her Twitter page. Really sad
@ngtariabluejays @awfulannouncing She was in a bar, drunk, with a bunch of other drunk people, and the police didn't see an assault, saw no visible injuries, and she refused medical attention. That is the definition of "alleged." Or are you somehow under the impression that people never lie?
@mdscott730 "hack nobody"...sounds a lot like Mark Madden.
@JohnRSports yeah the whole thing is ugly
@thesteelersnat Sounds like an utter asshole
@RoliePolieDolie lol I'm just cool
@Andrew8468 yeah it's absolutely terrible what people are saying. so sad.
@UrbsBlurbs be tough not to address it in some way - even just a call/letter to the guy.
@novajim yep. good for her!
@SarahSpain Also smh that many of the awful tweets were posted under, apparently, real name and/or photo.
@rebeccapbp he's pretty much the worst human being alive. No idea how he ever got on the radio.
@TWillli yeah so popular!!!!
@patmuldowney You expect to hear about stuff like that in Philly but everyone can be a tough guy/girl on Twitter
@SarahSpain and do the people who posted worst bile not have a wife or sister or female friend who they can imagine being involved here?