A few things happen in a locker room when athletes celebrate winning something. There is champagne drinking. There is high-fiving and man-hugging. And last, but not least, there is cigar smoking.
So when the Cincinnati Reds won their first NL Central title in 15 years, all of the above happened in the locker room. And every Reds fan that cared to, celebrated with their team through the power of live television. But unfortunately, some in Ohio don’t quite grasp what happens when a baseball team celebrates such a feat. So they decided to call the smoking ban complaint hotline and report the Reds for smoking indoors.
The Cincinnati Health Department will investigate the Cincinnati Reds for violations of the state smoking ban after people complained players smoked cigars indoors while celebrating their National League Central Division title Tuesday night.
A lot of players could be seen on TV smoking the cigars, and Reds owner Bob Castellini was passing them out.
And Ohioans wonder why LeBron left.
Wow. That was harsh. My bad.
Five people called a statewide smoking ban complaint hotline, Merz said. Those complaints were sent to the city health department today for investigation. Castellini will get letter soon notifying him of the alleged violation.
State law requires a health inspector to go out within 30 days at about the same time of day as the alleged violation, Merz said. That means an inspector might be attending one of the playoff games to see if anyone is smoking then.
“We come in unannounced, obviously,” he said. .
If the inspector sees someone smoking, the Reds will be sent a letter notifying them of the violation, which the team can appeal. No fine is attached to any initial violation. If another complaint is filed and an inspector responds again to the ballpark and sees someone smoking, the Reds could be fined $100. The fine escalates to $500 after that.
I’ll go ahead and go out on a limb and say that if the Reds win the World Series, Castellini will gladly write the checks for the huge fine that will come. The Reds just may set the locker room ablaze.