- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Jim Bowden sends his regrets.

The Nationals’ temporary general manager regrets “the embarrassment” of being arrested for drunken driving after running a stop sign. And after last week, he may regret ever meeting Joy Browning.

Browning is an attractive woman, but she leaves marks.

She is Bowden’s fiancee, and she also was arrested last Monday morning in Miami Beach, Fla., for simple battery, felony resisting arrest with violence and resisting arrest without violence.

Browning struck a police officer twice after he told her she would be arrested on a domestic violence charge when the officer noticed scratches on Bowden’s right ear and left cheek.

This is how Bowden remembers it.

“There was no incident at all,” he said. “Zero, zero, zero, zero. We denied the allegations. Never happened. Zero, zero. Where that comes from — I can’t answer that.”

Now, if you’re confused by these conflicting stories, you can believe one of three sources: Bowden, the Miami Beach police department or the scratches on Bowden’s right ear and cheek. This isn’t going to end well for Bowden.

He is employed by the Washington Nationals only because Major League Baseball runs a fairly decent temp service.

MLB made Bud Selig interim commissioner when everyone else thought he was washed up, and now look at him: He speaks before Congress and stuff.

Here’s the other thing: Bowden isn’t very good at his job.

It took the Cincinnati Reds about 11 years to figure this out. It probably won’t take the Nationals’ new owner as long.

Bowden isn’t very smart or savvy about baseball or public relations, a dangerous combination in his position.

He joked about his arrest last week. In 2002, less than a year after the terrorist attacks of September 11, he compared a possible players strike to those attacks.

Bowden is a charlatan who can’t outrun the evidence against him. He couldn’t find big time with a road map.

But all those things are secondary to the scratches on Bowden’s right ear and cheek.

Bowden travels in the macho world of sports, in the spitting, cursing, crotch-grabbing world of baseball, and he was just reportedly worked over by his fiancee.

Former major league pitcher Chuck Finley had a similar experience with his former wife, Tawny Kitaen, the woman from the Whitesnake videos who assaulted him.

A man will put up with a lot, especially when she is the woman from the Whitesnake videos, but check Finley’s record after Kitaen’s arrest. It’s as ugly as her mug shot.

It’s over for Jim Bowden. The rest is just regrets.

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