J.P. Howell says Yasiel Puig was bullied in Dodgers clubhouse
Howell discussed a number of topics related to bullying with Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Howell talked with Shaikin about a number of topics related to bullying after he and his wife Heather read her children's book "Dangles," which talks about bullying, to a number of preschoolers at Children's Bureau Preschool in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
The veteran stated he saw Puig bullied, but did not disclose any details regarding who was involved or what happened. Howell did discuss Puig with Shaikin, telling the reporter:
"The guy is such a champion. He has such a big heart. Sometimes he acts like a jerk, but that is his defense mechanism. It's not really him...Someday, he is not going to be 22. He's not going to be like that. I love the guy. I hope he never changes, just maybe matures."
Howell also talked about what he considers to be other types of bullying in baseball, including pitchers throwing at someone's head. He cited a situation last season when Ian Kennedy intentionally threw at Zack Greinke, stating:
"When he's throwing at someone's head, you could be going to be a funeral. To me, that's a bully. (Kennedy) might be a great guy. But, on the baseball field, that is wrong."
Bullying has recently been an inflammatory topic in sports, partially thanks to the situation between Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito.
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