You’re Kidding, Right?

Let me get this straight, former yankees’ shortstop derek jeter, a hero to millions for his ability to hit and field and throw a baseball and who raked in hundreds of millions of dollars in income over a lengthy career, and a guy also just about as famous for dating one beautiful, and also sometimes rich and famous, woman after another, year after year, is

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supposed to be EXEMPT from US Military regulations concerning violation of restricted space? AND, his doing so results in a frigging APOLOGY from the United States Air Force?

What a country!

The story goes, that a couple of days ago, July 4, 2016 to be exact, jeter and his boat were stopped by security forces of the United
States Air Force after he had ignored warning signs telling boaters that they were then entering government restricted waters, part of MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. According to Air Force spokesman Terry Montrose, boaters do occasionally “drift” into waters near the base, and are then issued citations, such as the one originally issued to jeter. Such citations carry a modest fine of $250.00, in addition to a $30.00 processing fee.

So, what are the chances of the US Air Force tearing up a citation issued to Joe Shmoe, who “inadvertently drifted” into such waters? Nonexistent, one would believe. But it had to be an accident on jeter’s part, right? I mean, how would he know not to proceed onto Air Force Base territory? It’s not like, well, he lives there? Oh, wait, HE DOES – jeter owns a 30,000-square foot mansion within spitting distance from MacDill Air Force Base.

Gee, maybe they built the base in the dead of night after jeter moved in?

So, what happened here to garner jeter such special treatment? Some unnamed military type had the audacity to post info about the citation on Facebook, resulting in the following official statement from the Air Force: “We sincerely apologize to Mr. Jeter for any inconvenience.”

Inconvenience? Really? Just who was it that broke US government security laws? Just who was it that “wandered” into US military waters? And for the record, MacDill Air Force Base

also just happens to be the home for the U.S. Special Operations Command. Think there may be a few national security issues involved when an average citizen just wanders onto the base, whether it’s by land or by sea?

I can’t help but wonder whether or not jeter’s boat was searched. That seems to be standard procedure for ANY vehicle seeking to enter a US
military base, whether its an illegal boat sneaking across restricted waters, or a motor vehicle driving up to a gate seeking above-board entry privileges.

Anyway, where is jeter’s apology?

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