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Late Friday, a video emerged on social media showing an employee with the Washington Nationals MLB team throwing two cups of allegedly hot coffee in the face of a female convenience store employee for reasons that remain unclear.
Watch the full video below (*Graphic content):
Esto ocurrió en la Bomba Axion de la Nuñez.
— Ode👩🏼💻📱 (@OdeComunica) August 22, 2020
Or watch a shorter clipped version below:
The Washington Nationals fired an employee in the Dominican Republic on Saturday after he allegedly threw two cups of hot coffee in the face of a female convenience-store employee.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 22, 2020
The man seen sauntering around the convenience store like a hotshot and then throwing two cups of allegedly steaming hot coffee in the convenience store employee’s face is Jazhiel Morel, who administered the Nationals’ baseball academy in Boca Chica.
While it’s not clear what exactly provoked his anger, it’s possible the employee had tried to deny him service because of the way he’d casually stepped behind the counter, which you’re not supposed to do, and grabbed two coffee cups. Notice also how, after filling his cups with coffee, he’d almost left the store as if he was intent on stealing them.
Either way, once the footage went viral, Morel’s job went bye-bye.
“The Washington Nationals learned of this horrific incident earlier today and immediately terminated the employee,” the team’s president of baseball operations and general manager, Mike Rizzo, said in a statement to ESPN on Saturday.
“We do not tolerate this type of behavior in our organization,” he reportedly added.
According to reporter Keldy Ortiz of New York newspaper Newsday, now that he’s been outed, Morel has vowed to turn himself in to police come Monday:
A now former @Nationals employee plans to turn himself in to police Monday, his lawyer said, after he was caught on video throwing hot coffee on a woman in the Dominican Republic. https://t.co/lEIGg1CPn2
— Keldy Ortiz (@KeldyOrtiz) August 23, 2020
Now that Morel’s been outed as the perp, he’s also become Public Enemy Number One to a growing mass of ticked-off people.
So much hatred and anger in this totally disoriented World . that Nats employee needs to be arrested, charged and jailed . Pick the charge
— MARK GIANGRECO (@MarkGiangreco7) August 22, 2020
The guys behind him should’ve beaten him up
— X-JOSHUA GRENING (@GreningJoshua) August 22, 2020
An absolutely despicable and inexcusable act. That is the sort of behavior often conducted by persons who regard themselves as superior to others, for one foolish reason or the other.
— @Patrick Julien 🇹🇹 (@Patrick49564295) August 23, 2020
Tough to not just say he’s a bad guy. Deserves to lose his job for not being a decent human being
— Vincent Pensabene (@TalkVinTalk) August 22, 2020
Not to mention he was stealing those coffees…
— Damián Frias Rodriguez (@fr_damian02) August 22, 2020
This poor woman. To have burns in the face and eyes. This is so heart breaking. Why? HE NEEDS TO BE IN JAIL AND CHARGED. NOT TURN HIMSELF IN GO AND ARREST HIM. Someone said people need to more humble, he attacked her!!
— BreeTennant (@shaw4light) August 23, 2020
Two things remain unclear.
One, how hot was the coffee? He’d just poured it, so chances are it was steaming hot. Nevertheless, the actual temperature of the coffee remains unknown.
Second, how is the convenience store employee holding up? While the American media appeared to be unaware of her condition as of Sunday morning, some social media users claimed via their sources that she’s received treatment for some burns to her face and is currently on medical leave:
She is on medical leave and was on treatment for some burns on her face, according to someone who contacted the store.
— Ignaura Tejeda S. (@Ignaura) August 22, 2020
As for the Nationals’ academy in Boca Chica, it’s assumed it’ll be better off without Morel.
“The Nationals’ Dominican academy has been a source of significant talent for the defending World Series champions. Among those who have come from the Nationals’ Dominican pipeline: star outfielder Juan Soto, center fielder Victor Robles, reliever Wander Suero, infielder Wilmer Difo and rookie infielder Luis Garcia,” ESPN reported.
Morel’s LinkedIn page reportedly shows that he started at the academy as an intern in 2017, worked for two years as an administrative assistant and was promoted to administrator this past November. As of August 2020, however, he’s now unemployed.
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