The Seattle Mariners have suspended catcher Steve Clevenger for the rest of the season without pay today for “Racially Insensitive Tweets.” The Liberal Media has practically exploded with their hatred as a result of these tweets showing the world where they really stand concerning freedom of speech.
TMZ had quite a bit to say on the subject showing their bias on the matter:
The team released a statement announcing the suspension, saying, “as soon as we became aware of the tweet posted by Steve yesterday we began to examine all of our options in regard to his standing on the team.”
The decision? Send him home for the last 10 games of the year.
In case ya missed it, Clevenger went on an offensive Twitter rant Thursday … attacking everyone from the Black Lives Matter movement to President Obama.
Now, since he ain’t playin’ baseball … Clevenger has until spring training to contemplate deactivating his Twitter account. *Article*
USA Today called for the “Immediate Release” of Clevenger from the team:
The Seattle Mariners say they’re OK with freedom of speech, but are simply ” very disappointed” in catcher Steve Clevenger’s racist and hurtful tweets spewed Thursday across the Internet.
The only questions now should be:
Why is Clevenger still wearing a major-league uniform?
Why is he still employed by the Mariners?
Why haven’t they already released him?
There is no reason that Clevenger should be able to wake up Friday morning and be gainfully employed by Major League Baseball.
Upon hearing that the Mariners have officially suspended Clevenger indefinitely from the team, USA Today had a follow up piece on the subject.
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 protesters in Charlotte should be “locked behind bars like animals.”
According to Deadspin:
Clevenger has been on the disabled list since June and wasn’t going to play anyway, but the suspension will cost him roughly $30,000 from his $516,500 minimum salary. While the Mariners’ release didn’t cite which provision of baseball’s Basic Agreement Clevenger was suspended under, the Major League Baseball social media policy contains prohibitions on the following:
7. Displaying or transmitting Content that is derogatory or insensitive to individuals based on race, color, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or religion, including, but not limited to, slurs, jokes, stereotypes or other inappropriate remarks.
8. Displaying or transmitting Content that constitutes harassment of an individual or group of individuals, or threatens or advocates the use of violence against an individual or group of individuals.
What was derogatory or insensitive to individuals? Saying that these criminals should be arrested? That they are pathetic? That they are hypocrites? Is advocating that criminals should go to jail “advocating violence”? No!
Clevenger issued the following statement to Business Insider apologizing for his comments:
“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 caused by my tweets on my personal twitter page that 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, am 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.”
What an amazing double standard we have in this country. It is perfectly acceptable for people to burn flags, disrespect the country and our flag during the national anthem to make a statement, riot, etc. But, don’t you dare demonize criminals, wave a historic flag, or have an opinion! America is losing the battle of Political Correctness. Honesty and Truth are going the same way of Common Sense – Gone Forever!