In news that is equal parts hilarious and head-scratching, the White Sox on Sunday announced that ace Chris Sale has been suspended by the team for five days.
The offending action: Sale and the White Sox had a dispute about 1976 throwback uniforms the team was going to wear. He even reportedly cut up the jerseys so they couldn't be used. Officially, the suspension was for "violating team rules, for insubordination and for destroying team equipment," per a statement from White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn.
To paraphrase former 76ers star Allen Iverson, from his famous "practice" rant: Not a game. Not a game. Not a game. We're talking about … laundry?
Sale, a 14-game winner already this season who is signed through 2019 on a modest contract, could be traded by the deadline.
Imagine if this silly dispute was the thing to push a deal over the edge?
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