A big story broke out yesterday afternoon. Supposedly, according to Colin Cowherd of ESPN radio, it came out that A.J. Burnett had gone through a messy divorce which the radio announcer blamed his poor performance on.
It sounded great. Finally we had an explanation for why a once formidable pitcher turned sour and it might have even explained the black eye he showed up with during the season.
Unfortunately it wasn’t true.
“Colin Cowherd has no idea what he’s talking about,” said Burnett’s agent Darek Braunecker. “A.J. Burnett is not in the process nor was he ever in the process of getting a divorce. It’s unequivocally false, and it’s really irresponsible of Colin Cowherd to report that. We’ve taken issue with that.”
“A.J. is ticked. He is not going through a divorce, and if he was, it would not be anyone’s business,” Braunecker added. “They (Burnett and wife Karen) are happily married.”
A.J. is married to wife Karen Burnett live in Maryland during the offseason and the couple has two sons, Ashton and A.J. Junior.
I’ve never been a big fan of Cowherd. Some people like him and that is alright with me, but when you are listening to his show, if you hear something from him that you haven’t heard anywhere else you should probably take it with a grain of salt. After all, Cliff Lee was supposedly not even trying while he was with Texas because he was waiting to become a Yankee.
I just wanted to put this out there so that BBD readers knew what was going on and didn’t buy into any false rumors.