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From the AP via ESPN.com:

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- San Francisco Giants second baseman Jeff Kent might have broken his wrist falling off a motorcycle, not while washing his truck as he claims, general manager Brian Sabean said.

"There's mounting evidence from all sorts of eyewitnesses that says he fell off a motorcycle popping wheelies," Sabean said Wednesday.

The guarantee language in Kent's contract bans certain activities, including motorcycle riding, meaning the Giants could try to void the contract or fine him. The former NL MVP, who hopes to be playing by Opening Day, is in the option year of the deal, which would pay him $6 million.

A report in Wednesday's Arizona Republic, quoting police reports and eyewitness accounts, said Kent might have been injured on a road about a mile from the Giants' minor league training facility.

"Unfortunately for me and Jeff Kent this is part of my job," Sabean said. "We'll weigh all the information and all the options. The most important thing is to get him back on the field. Meantime, all this other stuff is a distraction."

Kent originally reported the injury to the Giants on March 2, a day after he said he was hurt washing his truck. The Giants began investigating last Friday.

"I haven't talked to Jeff yet and I don't plan on it," Sabean said. "We hold all the cards, not that we want to use them. I'm not angry. That's life. There's just a big difference between riding a motorcycle and popping wheelies."

Kent declined comment Wednesday and was not available Thursday, when he had an off-day. He tried to diffuse the situation last Saturday.

"I don't want to get into petty arguments," he said at the time. "I live dangerously. I wash trucks. I ride motorcycles. It probably sounds more intriguing if I broke it by riding a motorcycle."

He spoke about his injury Wednesday night on KNBR radio but didn't clarify how if occurred.

"I know that there are a lot of people out there who might believe in the motorcycle incident," he said. "Heck, it's pretty believable. But the statements I made a long time ago are the statements that came out of my mouth. If people want to believe that, great. I'm done making comments. This has got to end sometime. It's a story that does not need to be printed. Whether it's the truth or not, that's up to the people to decide. At the end of the day it's still a fractured wrist."

Sabean was the general manager who engineered a trade for Kent, along with Julian Tavarez, Jose Vizcaino, Joe Roa and cash for Matt Williams and Trinidad Hubbard on Nov. 13, 1996.

Kent has five consecutive seasons of driving in 100 or more runs since joining the Giants and won the NL MVP award in 2000.

"All I know is what he told me," Giants manager Dusty Baker said. "Reports don't mean anything. We always emphasize no off-field injuries, but sometimes they happen. How they happen is personal."

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Yes. Yes he can.

If only the Giants have the cajones to dock his pay.



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It's in his contract. If he's stupid enough to pull a stunt like that and get injured.... let alone lie about it then he should get docked. I hope the management and owners can make themselves do that.



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I don't think the Giants will dock his pay. In my opinion, the Giants need him more than he needs the Giants.

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I can see the Giants suspending him without pay if they can PROVE that he was riding the motorcycle, a violation of his contract. Especially if he's only going to miss a couple of weeks. Otherwise, what's the point of putting the clause in there in the first place.
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If he really makes it back by Opening Day, then it shouldn't be that big of a deal. Of course, we'll see how he performs then. I would definitely dock his pay if the "wheelie" story can be proven. What a dumbass thing to do.



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Let's see how everybody feels about him if the Giants lose a few close games in the opening weeks, and then fall two games short to the Diamondbacks six months later.
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That's what he gets for trying to imitate the Undertaker.



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