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David Letterman on Wednesday dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to mainly talk about the latest season of his Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, but naturally current events were brought up to break the ice.
Letterman mentioned the Dodgers’ recent World Series victory and talked about how much fun it was in the late ’70s when he lived in Los Angeles and the team played the New York Yankees for the championship. However, he admitted he did not watch this year’s series. Still, he was aware of the Justin Turner controversy and, naturally, had to make a quip about it.
“There is no ‘I’ in ‘team,’ but there’s an ‘I’ in ‘ventilator,'” Letterman said.
Major League Baseball on Wednesday said it was opening an investigation after the Dodgers’ star third baseman celebrated on the field among his teammates despite the fact he was pulled in the middle of the final game because he had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier that day.
“While a desire to celebrate is understandable, Turner’s decision to leave isolation and enter the field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk,” the league said in a statement cited by the Los Angeles Times. “When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply. The Commissioner’s Office is beginning a full investigation into this matter and will consult with the Players Association within the parameters of the joint 2020 Operations Manual.”
Beyond fans being irked by Turner’s behavior, MLB insider Ken Rosenthal was particularly hard on the athlete, calling his actions “most disturbing.” He added Wednesday morning, “Something worth noting that is not fully explored in column: Dodgers players and staffers were not only ones on field post-game. There were family members, MLB officials and others as well.”
Watch the full Letterman interview below.
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