By Dominick Fils-Aimé | September 25, 2016
Seattle Mariners back up catcher, Steve Clevenger, has been suspended for the rest of the season by his team, for the remarks he offered Twitter thursday concerning the riots that occurred in Charlotte. The protest turned riots were in response to the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.
“BLM is pathetic once again! Obama you are pathetic once again! Everyone involved should be locked behind bars like animals!”, tweeted the former 7th round pick, impassioned by the violence he observed in Charlotte.
“Black people beating whites when a thug got shot holding a gun by a black officer haha shit cracks me up! Keep kneeling for the Anthem!”, He continued.
— Jon Humbert (@jonhumbert) September 22, 2016
It should be noted that video evidence has been released showing the deceased walking backwards with his hands down. It is still unclear whether or not Scott had a firearm in his hand while walking backwards. It should also be noted that Colin Kaepernick was kneeling to the national anthem before Keith Smart was shot by police. Also noted should be Clevenger’s “comment section troll” like sense of humor.
The Seattle Mariners subsequently released a statement from Executive Vice President and General Manager of Baseball Operations, Jerry Dipoto.
“As soon as we became aware of the tweets posted by Steve yesterday we began to examine all of our options in regard to his standing on the team. Today we have informed him that he is suspended for the remainder of the season without pay.” the statement read.
Clevenger offered his apologies to the media via social media once more.
“I am sickened by the idea that anyone would think of me in racist terms”, the 30 year old expressed via a Facebook post transcripted by Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. “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,” he said.
The journeyman catcher’s suspension will cost him about $30,000 of his 2016 contract as the Mariners only have about 7 games left this season. Interestingly enough, the Baltimore natives suspension is more severe than……bla nevermind.