From the AP:
Authorities have no record of an August car accident involving New York Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano, who told the team Monday after learning he broke two ribs in an Aug. 15 crash.
Pavano said he was hurt while at home in West Palm Beach when his car went through a puddle, spun out of control and hit a truck at a stop sign.
Lt. Tim Frith of the Florida Highway Patrol acknowledged Tuesday the accident may not have been reported to authorities.
The West Palm Beach Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office had no record of any traffic incident involving Pavano during all of 2006, according to their records departments. FHP, which often responds to vehicle crashes, also had no record of a car crash involving Pavano during the month of August.
A baseball official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the team’s ongoing investigation, said Pavano did not tell the club about the accident until Monday, when a scan revealed the injury.
Hearing this, I’m really starting to think this is like the time that Jeff Kent said that he broke a bone while washing his truck. This is a cover story for Pavano.
If I’m parked at a stop sign, and I get rear-ended by a famous millionaire baseball player, I’m telling everyone that I know about it – and then the story would probably make it to the media eventually. The fact that we heard nothing on this for two weeks is fishy, at best.
If this accident happened, I would have expected to see the other driver on ESPN the next morning wearing a neck-brace.
I would love to start seeing some facts to back up Pavano’s claim. But, I suspect that we will never see them.
There is an Associated Press story out there that claims there is no record of Pavano being in an accident. That is untrue. I just spoke to somebody with the West Palm Beach PD. There is a record. It’s just that their records department is closed because of the tropical storm approaching.
I’ll believe it when I see it.
Update, 4:52 pm EST: There is a report.
I now believe it.
Amazing. A millionaire gets into an accident causing $50,000 worth of damage and it doesn’t make the news when it happens. Go figure.
Sorry Carl. You’re not a liar. Unless, of course, one believes in lies by omission……then, it looks like you were just a liar until you got caught.