William L. Jordan, a mechanic with the team built and hid the device as a goof according to the St. Petersburg police.
“His actions were in very poor taste and do not reflect the values of the organization,” Rays vice president Rick Vaughn wrote in an e-mail.
The “bomb” was a box taped to a shelf with wires sticking out and emitting a “beeping” sound. The police were called and, realizing the severity of the situation, admitted he had put it there and apologized.
Unfortunately, the bomb squad had already been called and arrived on the scene where they confirmed it was a fake. Jordan, who has worked for the team for 3 years may not have much longer in his tenure with the team.
“This will be handled internally,” Vaughn wrote regarding whether or not Jordan would lose his job.
I gotta say, if you can plant a FAKE BOMB at your workplace and NOT get fired, that’s a hell of a leniant employer.
I guess when you have such a history of failure as the Rays do it only makes sense…