How the Nury Martinez scandal strikes at the heart of Latino identity
MEXICO CITY — There is a great deal of noise and speculation surrounding the Nury Martinez scandal. The incident happened a month ago, one that has taken everyone by surprise, not least the team’s organization and fans, who are just beginning to find out what could be coming their way. There have been two major twists to the story just since the scandal started to unfold: the return of Jho, a player previously on the team’s books and the discovery of photos that could be of Nury showing up to nightclubs in the U.S. The next few weeks promises to be extremely revealing.
So, what exactly is happening here? Let’s start with the two major players: Martinez and Jho. With Martinez, it’s a story about a star player getting caught up in something that should never have happened. With Jho, it’s a story about a star player who did nothing wrong. It’s a story that speaks to the importance of loyalty to the organization, loyalty to the team, loyalty to the fans, and loyalty to teammates.
If you want to know what’s happening at the Nury Martinez story, you need to ask the man himself.
The events of the last month have been a whirlwind of emotions and speculation.
Last Monday, Martinez was found guilty and sentenced to 60 days in jail and a three-million peso (roughly $150,000) fine, for violating the terms of his contract. He had been serving a two years and six months jail sentence for assaulting a teammate, and he was allowed to leave the country until he satisfied all of his “legal obligations,” which included paying back the player who he had injured, covering his own legal team and his own expenses.
At the same time, Martinez was found not guilty of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman he had taken to a bar in San Antonio, Texas, on New Year’s Eve and then having sex with her in a hotel room in Mexico City the next day.
A day later, the player who he had injured, who was also the woman he had sex with in Mexico City on New Year’s Eve, came out with a