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Baseball player suspended over tweets Re: Charlotte protests
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http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb.../90908618/



The Seattle Mariners suspended Steve Clevenger without pay for the remainder of the season, moving swiftly Friday to discipline their backup catcher after his set of tweets imploring that protestors in Charlotte should be “locked behind bars like animals.”

Clevenger, 30, who has played in just 22 games this season, issued an apology Thursday night for his tweets referring to protests in North Carolina following the fatal police shooting of an African American. He will not appeal his suspension, according to a person with direct knowledge of the issue. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the matter is ongoing.
Clevenger’s tweets read:
“Black people beating whites when a thug got shot holding a gun by a black officer haha (expletive) cracks me up! Keep kneeling for the anthem!
“BLM (Black Lives Matter) is pathetic again! Obama you are pathetic once again! Everyone should be locked behind bars like animals!”
The Mariners issued a statement Thursday condemning the tweets, with general manager Jerry Dipoto noting the club is “examining all internal options available to us.”

Clevenger was making a non-guaranteed $517,000 this season; his suspension will cost him around $32,000.
A lifetime .227 hitter in 170 games over six seasons, Clevenger batted .221 with one home run this season. He's best known for being included in trades that sent eventual ace Jake Arrieta from the Baltimore Orioles to the Chicago Cubs, and slugger Mark Trumbo from the Mariners the Orioles this past off-season.
Demonstrators in Charlotte have been protesting the death of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man who was shot and killed by police. Two officers and nine civilians were injured and 44 people arrested on Wednesday in several hours of violence that broke out following peaceful protests, prompting Gov. Pat McCrory to declare a state of emergency.
Clevenger's apology Thursday focused on the "distraction" he caused teammates and was "sickened by the idea that anyone would think of me in racist terms."
"I grew up on the streets of Baltimore, a city I love to this very day," Clevenger said in a statement first released to Fox Sports. "I grew up in a very culturally diverse area of America and I am very proud to come from there. I am also proud that my inner circle of friends has never been defined by race but by the content of their character. Any former teammate or anyone who has met me can attest to this and I pride myself on not being a judgemental person. I just ask that the public not judge me because of an ill worded tweet.
"I do believe that supporting our First Amendment rights and supporting local law enforcement are not mutually exclusive. With everything going on in the world I really just want what is best for everyone regardless of who they are. I like many Americans are frustrated by a lot of things in the world and I would like to be a part of the dialogue moving forward to make this a better world for everyone. I once again apologize to anyone who was offended today and I just ask you not judge me off of a social media posting. Thank you and God bless everyone."
Clevenger attended Mt. St. Joseph's High School, a Catholic college preparatory school in Baltimore that also produced All-Star first baseman Mark Teixeira.

Is that really suspension worthy?
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Yes, in this climate, you damned right it is.
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Quite the disconnect between the tweets and the apology.

Make a You-Tube-comment level racist tweet...and then claim to be "sickened by the idea that anyone would think of him in racist terms".

Confused

Is a lying/cowardly racist better or worse than a proud/honest one?
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Of course it is.
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Yikes, what a shitty thing to say. He basically proved that he understands nothing about the problems black people face in America and people like him are the reason why things have deteriorated so much in America. Anyone who thinks black people are doing what they do because some "thug" got shot is honestly not seeing the big picture here.
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The apology seems like it came from a PR firm.
We just try to ignore the elephant somehow
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The tweet followed by flip/flop makes me think he's taking lessons from the presidential candidates.
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Odd that he isn't making an appeal.
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Yep sure is. Even from a second string catcher across the country some will jump on that and bam, they take it out on the team.
After All, Life Goes On
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Pretty stupid comments.

Wonder what his black team mates think of his comments.
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(2016-09-23, 02:10 PM)WTTM Wrote: The apology seems like it came from a PR firm.

But that what you do in the USA, screw up, apologize then carry on.
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(2016-09-23, 05:19 PM)Cornholio Wrote: Odd that he isn't making an appeal.

He's not appealing to make his apology seem more sincere.
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So is this about racism because he is white? Or because he is racist?

Seems to me the issue is he thinks the riots are disgusting considering an armed black man was apparently killed by a black police officer. There are also reports that a majority of protestors are citizens from other states. So, are these rioters so appalled a black officer killed a black man they are driving cross country to fight injustice, or are the officers dealing with people that like to incite unrest?

As for BLM and Obama. Obama has done some very politicized thumb twirling while the US rages out of control and BLM is having an internal crisis of balancing a good cause while dealing with people that just want a reason to disrupt.

What he said was probably stupid. Does that make it racial driven?

On the topic of freedoms of speech, which seems to be a contentious issue here, it seems posters are only okay with disruptive freedom of speech if it aligns with their beliefs.

Not sure that is free speech.
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(2016-09-23, 05:49 PM)TheOilerFan83 Wrote: So is this about racism because he is white? Or because he is racist?

Seems to me the issue is he thinks the riots are disgusting considering an armed black man was apparently killed by a black police officer. There are also reports that a majority of protestors are citizens from other states. So, are these rioters so appalled a black officer killed a black man they are driving cross country to fight injustice, or are the officers dealing with people that like to incite unrest?

As for BLM and Obama. Obama has done some very politicized thumb twirling while the US rages out of control and BLM is having an internal crisis of balancing a good cause while dealing with people that just want a reason to disrupt.

What he said was probably stupid. Does that make it racial driven?

On the topic of freedoms of speech, which seems to be a contentious issue here, it seems posters are only okay with disruptive freedom of speech if it aligns with their beliefs.

Not sure that is free speech.

Perhaps re-read this:

Clevenger’s tweets read:
“Black people beating whites when a thug got shot holding a gun by a black officer haha (expletive) cracks me up! Keep kneeling for the anthem!
“BLM (Black Lives Matter) is pathetic again! Obama you are pathetic once again! Everyone should be locked behind bars like animals!”


People ARE going to be offended by that.
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That doesn't answer the question.

People are offended by Kaepernick's protest. Should we suspend him?
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Kaepernick didn't liken a race of people to animals. Different thing altogether.
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TOF83....you're smarter than this man. Come on.
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If the " like animals" part didn't clue you in as to why this is, in fact, racist....
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One thing the white supremacists have done very well lately is figuring out how to get their ideology out there in ambiguous language, that doesn't really state what they mean, but instead gives them plausible deniability.

thevsmart folks on either side know why they mean.

But the dumb ones, like this ball player, can't understand what lies between the lines, and just runs with the dog whistles.

He should be suspended for being racist, and for being dimmer than a dime- store flashlight.
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He's also a pretty bad baseball player. So the team comes out of this quite well. They sent a positive message by coming down hard on a racist and improved the team in the process. Silly
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