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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger tweets protesters should be treated ‘like animals’

Seattle Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger fired off controversial tweets Thursday in response to civil unrest in Charlotte, N.C., calling for protesters to be “locked behind bars like animals.”

Clevenger has a private Twitter account, but reporter Jon Humbert of KOMO-TV in Seattle captured screengrabs of the tweets.

The Mariners issued a statement from general manager Jerry Dipoto.

“The Seattle Mariners are very disappointed at the tweets posted on Steve Clevenger’s account,” the statement read.” While he is certainly free to express himself, his tweets do not in any way represent the opinions of the Seattle Mariners. We strongly disagree with the language and tone of his comments.

“We are currently examining all internal options that are available to us as we determine appropriate next steps. We will have no further comment at this time.”

Thursday, September 15, 2016

MLB player survey: The challenges of mixing baseball and activism

What is most unfair about criticism of players who do not speak out?

Just because an athlete isn’t speaking publicly to the masses doesn’t mean it’s not important to them or that they aren’t doing anything to help resolve it. I heard something recently about how it’s a professional athlete’s responsibility to speak out about police violence. I disagree strongly with that statement. For example, I have teammates from other countries that have pressing issues such as having enough food for their family, clean running water, safe living conditions, etc. Those athletes are focused on those things, but it doesn’t mean they don’t care about other issues at hand. Athletes can’t be all things to all people.—Granderson

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
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