MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KMSP) - The Seattle Mariners announced on Friday catcher Steve Clevenger has been suspended for the rest of the season without pay. This comes ahead of the Mariners series at Target Field.
Fox 13 in Seattle reports, Clevenger posted two tweets on Thursday referring to the recent controversy over police shootings, particularly to the protests happening in Charlotte, N.C.
Statement from Jerry Dipoto, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations on Tweets from catcher Steve Clevenger: pic.twitter.com/1xWk6dy5ap
— Mariners (@Mariners) September 23, 2016
Statement from Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto on the suspension of Steve Clevenger. pic.twitter.com/mgpQITiBy0— Mariners (@Mariners) September 23, 2016
“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 is pathetic once again! Obama you are pathetic once again! Everyone involved should be locked behind bars like animals!”
Later on Thursday night, Clevenger issued an apology saying he was “sickened by the idea that anyone would think of me in racist terms”
Clevenger's Twitter is now private.
First and foremost I would like to apologize to the Seattle Mariners, my teammates, my family and the fans of our great game for the distraction my tweets on my personal twitter page caused when they went public earlier today. I am sickened by the idea that anyone would think of me in racist terms. My tweets were reactionary to the events I saw on the news and were worded beyond poorly at best and I can see how and why someone could read into my tweets far more deeply than how I actually feel.
I grew up on the streets of Baltimore, a city I love to this very day. 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 judgmental 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.
The Twins open up their series against the Mariners tonight at 7:10 p.m.