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Montreal Expos author Jonah Keri pleads guilty to domestic assault charges

As part of the guilty plea, Keri admitted to numerous instances of violence against his ex-wife, all detailed in an agreed statement of facts read in court.

They included hitting and biting his wife in the face, grabbing a kitchen knife and threatening to remove their unborn baby from her body and telling her he would throw her off a balcony.

Keri also admitted to telling his wife he would kill her brother and father if she ever told them about the violence. On two occasions, he threatened to crash the car they were driving in.

The Crown and defence are waiting for a pre-sentence report to be completed before beginning sentencing arguments. The case is scheduled to be back in court in late November.

In court, Keri’s lawyer, Jeffrey Boro, described him as a successful and “well-known person in the city of Montreal” who lost his sportswriting career after being arrested.

Boro said Keri was battling mental health issues at the time of the assaults and spent three weeks in a psychiatric ward following his arrest.

“This was a second marriage for the accused and during his first marriage, which lasted many many years, there were none of these types of events,” Boro said. “That’s why it’s important to see all the medical issues Mr. Keri dealt with at that time.”

 

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   1. WKRP in Cincinnatus Posted: August 30, 2021 at 01:46 PM (#6037147)
Yikes. Seems like a real ########.
   2. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 30, 2021 at 02:26 PM (#6037157)
wow. turrible.
   3. . Posted: August 30, 2021 at 02:33 PM (#6037160)
I forgot -- didn't he often go on and on in his writing calling people "racists" and "homophobes" and the like or at the very least baseball "troglodytes." Pretty sure he did. Kind of an ... odd ... juxtaposition there, one would have to note.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 30, 2021 at 02:43 PM (#6037166)
Kind of an ... odd ... juxtaposition there, one would have to note.

Why? Lot's of vociferous Lefties are terrible people. Most of the guys busted in MeToo highly publicized their "progressiveness".
   5. . Posted: August 30, 2021 at 02:50 PM (#6037168)
Why? Lot's of vociferous Lefties are terrible people.


Guess the sarcasm didn't come through on the 'net. Yes, obviously, many are pure-on creeps and from time to time we even get examples around here. Often, there's a bitterness underneath the surface that from time to time will manifest itself outwardly beyond just in words or rhetoric.
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 30, 2021 at 02:55 PM (#6037171)
Unfortunately every group has it creeps, predators, and criminals. No organization or ideology is immune.
   7. Lassus Posted: August 30, 2021 at 02:57 PM (#6037173)
Boy, who saw this topic turn coming?
   8. . Posted: August 30, 2021 at 03:00 PM (#6037177)
Unfortunately every group has it creeps, predators, and criminals. No organization or ideology is immune.


Oh, of course -- but not every organization or ideology has denominated itself ethically superior, and denominated non-adherents ethically inferior, in quite the way that organization/ideology has.

Keri was probably the kind of guy to cheer on workplace mobs trying to get people fired for "racism" and the like. Typical projection.
   9. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 30, 2021 at 03:01 PM (#6037179)
Oh, of course -- but not every organization or ideology has denominated itself ethically superior, and denominated non-adherents ethically inferior, in quite the way that organization/ideology has.

Not every one, but a bunch do.

"Family values" conservatives have shown similar outrages.
   10. Brian C Posted: August 30, 2021 at 03:03 PM (#6037180)
“This was a second marriage for the accused and during his first marriage, which lasted many many years, there were none of these types of events,” Boro said.

This seems like a statement that has a reasonable chance of aging very poorly.

But if it's true, it makes me more curious about his mental health issues. Over the years, I think I've come to realize somewhat how fragile a "normal" brain can be, and perhaps more to the point, I'd be inclined to believe that there's an underlying health reason for a person suddenly going from not-violent to crazed lunatic other than just being an #######.
   11. . Posted: August 30, 2021 at 03:04 PM (#6037182)
"Family values" conservatives have shown similar outrages.


They have indeed. Both groups are bad. Not sure where that leaves us, beyond "fanaticism is bad and often stems from underlying personal hypocrisies and projections." Morally and ethically hectoring other people as a very way of being, when you know deep down your own terrible foibles, really doesn't sit particularly well with the enlightened and humanistic among us.
   12. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: August 30, 2021 at 04:03 PM (#6037198)
I don't still beat MY wife.
   13. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 30, 2021 at 04:08 PM (#6037200)
They have indeed. Both groups are bad. Not sure where that leaves us, beyond "fanaticism is bad and often stems from underlying personal hypocrisies and projections."

The moderate people are just as likely to be evil. The people that throw no stones, and are super nice to everyone, also contain their fair share of evil. The highly charitable as well as the misers. The helping professions as well as the most predatory capitalists. It's the human condition.
   14. gef the talking mongoose, peppery hostile Posted: August 30, 2021 at 04:09 PM (#6037201)
I don't still beat MY wife.


Other people's wives, though ...
   15. John Northey Posted: August 30, 2021 at 04:44 PM (#6037215)
Sad. Met him a long time ago and seemed like a good guy, but this is horrible. I'm hoping it was due to a bad reaction to medication (I've seen what can happen to people and it ain't pretty) and not that he is just a total scumbag.
   16. Walt Davis Posted: August 30, 2021 at 05:30 PM (#6037241)
#10: Regarding the second paragraph ... An old friend of mine was a nice, affable, tolerant, reasonably successful guy until he was about 40. We had lost touch by then but I heard from good mutual friends that he changed quite dramatically and suddenly. He was eventually diagnosed with depression, self-"treated" it with alcohol, became at least verbally abusive to his wife who got rid of him rather quickly. His career at best stalled. Looking back maybe the signs were there earlier -- maybe he drank too much, smoked too much weed, so maybe he'd been self-medicating for a while ... maybe his wife had to put up with more than any of us knew about -- but I had never witnessed anything like "rage" which I gather became quite common later. I don't think research supports the notion of a very strong link between age and depression or other mental health disorders but people, maybe especially men, losing it around 40-45 seems pretty common ... whether that's due to poor mental health or not.

I went through a bout of depression at 45. I was lucky enough to get out of it and, it seems, it was due to a compilation of shitty life events rather than a mental health issue. It was just a few weeks but the difficulty of those few weeks has given me a lot of empathy for people who suffer from depression. I was pretty useless and the only thing that got me out of bed in the morning to drag myself to work was the realization that if I didn't get out of bed this morning I wasn't gonna get out of bed the next morning either. And it convinced me to never be shy about talking about it and to not be shy about letting friends know when I see the warning signs I might be sliding back there. It was scary ####.
   17. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: August 30, 2021 at 05:43 PM (#6037249)
For many years, I beat up my wife.

Now, that I'm no longer waking at 5AM to do radio, she often beats me up.
   18. JJ1986 Posted: August 30, 2021 at 06:07 PM (#6037257)
Sugar Bear, you are the worst.
   19. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: August 30, 2021 at 10:01 PM (#6037310)
Depression BLOWS.

Signed,

A guy who's been on an antidepressant for... (does the math)... 18.75 years.
   20. Russ Posted: August 31, 2021 at 10:45 AM (#6037377)
I went through a bout of depression at 45. I was lucky enough to get out of it and, it seems, it was due to a compilation of shitty life events rather than a mental health issue.


Honestly, I'm 46 and I have near daily existential crises about how to resolve my scientific training with the fact that I still believe/need to believe/want to believe in life after death. The idea that I'm going to die and not even know that I'm not seeing my children again is soul crushing. And that's just one issue! Forget about anxiety about the complexity of the universe, what it all means, climate change, the rank horribleness of human beings at times... But I have a great job that I love and (almost) can't be fired from, an amazing wife, three healthy and vibrant children, a massive support network, and six years of therapy (2003-2009) that gave me tools that will left a lifetime. I can totally see how someone without all (or even any) of those advantages would start feeling depressed and overwhelmed... once the self-medication to numb the pain starts eroding self-control, the potential for disaster is always there.

As I get older, I think that people should be held responsible for their behaviours and be punished, but it's also possible that it's not something that they ever intended, which is also important. Human life is very, very hard... not everyone is up to the task all of the time.
   21. reech Posted: August 31, 2021 at 11:04 AM (#6037380)
Life is hard.
   22. gef the talking mongoose, peppery hostile Posted: August 31, 2021 at 02:58 PM (#6037446)
A guy who's been on an antidepressant for... (does the math)... 18.75 years.


Adding all the various stretches with & without for me, I'm probably pretty close to 30, which is to say just about half my life (I turn 62 in 2.5 weeks). Geez.
   23. AndrewJ Posted: August 31, 2021 at 09:09 PM (#6037561)
Unfortunately every group has it creeps, predators, and criminals. No organization or ideology is immune.

Anybody who ever says, "Liberals/Conservatives/Moderates/Any ideology are nicer than anybody else" is setting themselves up to be deeply heartbroken someday.
   24. bookbook Posted: September 04, 2021 at 01:28 PM (#6038278)
Jonah Keri was a regular contributor to Investors Business Daily. It’s the rare progressive who can stand to read IBD, and it’s to-the-right-of-right editorials, much less write for them.

We’re all hypocrites, but as long as the right is in thrall to the big lie, and defending violent insurrection, the left wins the moral high ground by forfeit.

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