Video games are either a big problem in professional locker rooms, or this whole thing is being overblown.
Either way, the Fortnite phenomenon is causing teams from across the major sports to re-evaluate how its players are spending their time before and after games, with the Toronto Blue Jays set to become the latest to institute a policy limited their employees’ gaming time — especially within the walls of the team’s facilities.
BREAKING: #BlueJays to impose pre-game curfew on playing video games in clubhouse this season, manager Charlie Montoyo says. Some players suggested there was too much Fortnite last year, he says. Film at 11.
— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) March 18, 2019
The news comes on the same day that ESPN’s Jeff Passan revealed the issues the Philadelphia Phillies had with gaming in their clubhouse in 2018, which came to a head near the end of the season when veteran Carlos Santana reportedly destroyed a TV with a baseball bat to send a message.
I can’t be the only one out there to find themselves pretty shocked to find out that players from a professional baseball squad were playing vids literally DURING games, can I?
Carlos Santana was so livid that his Phillies teammates played Fortnite during games in 2018 that he grabbed a bat and smashed a TV. With an overhauled team that includes Bryce Harper, what have the Phillies done to address their clubhouse? Story at ESPN: https://t.co/vXFgetp5Of pic.twitter.com/tou1coHToL
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 18, 2019
Outside of baseball, the Vancouver Canucks made headlines right at the start of this NHL season when it made the decision to “ban” Fortnite and other video games from road trips.
“Yeah, that’s definitely a no-go on the road. No more Fortnite. No more bringing your video games on the road. It’s strictly team meals, team dinners, and hanging out with the guys. So we’ll have to put an end to that,” Bo Horvat said while on TSN 1040 Vancouver last October.
“There’s better ways to spend time on the road, whether it’s hanging out with the guys in the room, going to a movie with the guys, doing stuff outside your room. There’s a lot of cool cities we go to visit and to be cooped up in your room all night and not doing anything, playing Fortnite, is a waste of your time.”
Looks like players will have to revert back to smoking darts and slamming beers in the clubhouse pre-game like the good old days.
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