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Joe Maddon on Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria having an AK-47: It's his choice

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said he didn't have much to say about star 3B Evan Longoria having an AK-47 rifle - which was stolen Saturday - in the rental house that he shared with teammates David Price and Reid Brignac.

"They're all big boys and we all make our own choices.'' Maddon said. "It's like a lot of different thngs you're not going to be aware of, I'm not going to be aware of in somebody's personal life, and I'm not going to say whether I'm for or against it. That's a choice that he made.''

Maddon said it's not that unusual that pro athletes - in baseball, basketball or football - have weapons.

And he didn't think anyone from the organization woud talk to Longoria about it.

"I don't know what you would say,'' he said. "It's a legal situation, and it's his choice. I didn't get upset when he bought a "69 Camaro. It's a personal choice situation. I never would attempt to influence somebody's personal choices. ... We, me, I really like to not try to influence people's personal choices. If they were to ask me my opinion I would give it to them, but if my advice is not sought then I'm not going to give it. ... It's up to him, it's not up to me. It's not my choice.''

Joe Maddon on Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria having an AK-47: It's his choice 03/29/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 1:54pm]
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