“I don’t think that everyone else should pay for the mistakes of a few,” said Scott, one of baseball’s most vocal gun rights proponents. “There is a good reason behind the rule, I can’t deny that. The reason is you cannot trust 25 guys in a locker room to have the same respect and training as I do with a weapon. That I do understand. I’ve carried a gun for 10 years. I’ve carried them in the locker room, and nobody really knows about it. I know how to handle myself, and I stow it away where nobody really knows about it.”
The ban was actually put in place in July, largely in response to the Plaxico Burress situation in which the former New York Giants wide receiver accidentally shot himself in a New York City nightclub in November 2008. However, MLB recently sent out reminders to players and the ban has also been posted in clubhouses for the first time
That comes on the heels of a December incident in the NBA in which Washington Wizards teammates Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton allegedly brandished guns in the locker room after a gambling-related dispute.
Scott said he wasn’t aware of the MLB rule until very recently.
“We have good security,” Scott said. “It’s hard to get in here. Barring a tactical entry where terrorists come in and hold us hostage, that’s about the only thing that could possibly warrant me carrying a gun in the clubhouse. That’s highly unlikely, and I admit that. But my personal belief is I don’t want to suffer from the poor choices of others.”
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said he agrees with the directive, calling it “entirely appropriate.”
Source: Jeff Zrebiec at The Baltimore Sun.