Mariners dis­ap­pointed by Cle­venger’s tweets

Baltimore Sun - - COMMENTARY -

Gen­eral man­ager Jerry Dipoto said the Seat­tle Mariners “are very dis­ap­pointed” at racially in­sen­si­tive tweets posted by Steve Cle­venger (Mount Saint Joseph) re­gard­ing the civil un­rest in Char­lotte, N.C. The Pig­town na­tive and for­mer Ori­oles catcher deleted his ac­count af­ter post­ing the mes­sages be­fore re­turn­ing with his tweets pro­tected, ac­cord­ing to Seat­tle’s KOMO-TV. A Twit­ter user, @ca­ble­box666, posted screen grabs of the mes­sages, the first of which was posted Thurs­day af­ter­noon. “Black peo­ple beat­ing whites when a thug got shot hold­ing a gun by a black of­fi­cer haha [stuff ] cracks me up. Keep kneel­ing for the An­them!” wrote Cle­venger, who hasn’t played for the Mariners since late June af­ter suf­fer­ing a bro­ken hand and a flexor strain in his right el­bow. “[Black Lives Mat­ter] is pa­thetic once again! Obama you are pa­thetic once again! Ev­ery­one in­volved should be locked be­hind bars like an­i­mals!” The tweets come in the wake of vi­o­lent protests in North Carolina’s largest city af­ter the fa­tal shoot­ing of Keith Scott, 43, by a black po­lice of­fi­cer Tues­day. Gov. Pat McCrory de­clared a state of emer­gency in the midst of Wed­nes­day’s ri­ot­ing, dur­ing which one man was crit­i­cally wounded by gun­fire. Dipoto’s state­ment, tweeted by the Mariners, said: “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.” charge and seat­ing will be open. Mary­land Mad­ness will start at 8 p.m., with the women’s team be­ing in­tro­duced be­fore the men’s team. Each will play a short scrim­mage. MAR­KET­ING: Un­der Ar­mour has signed its most ac­com­plished lacrosse player — Tay­lor Cum­mings, a three-time win­ner of the Te­waara­ton Award as the most out­stand­ing fe­male col­le­gian in the sport. The mid­fielder, who at­tended McDonogh, won the Te­waar­ton tro­phy in 2014, 2015 and 2016 for Mary­land. She grad­u­ated in the spring and plays in the new United Women’s Lacrosse League. TRIATHLON: Su­san Geb­hardt of Ti­mo­nium fin­ished third among 35 en­trants from 10 coun­tries in the women’s 60-64 age group at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Fi­nal Cozumel on Sun­day in Mex­ico. Geb­hardt fin­ished in 2 hours, 42 min­utes, 35 sec­onds, be­hind fel­low Amer­i­cans Martha Whi­tacre (2:36:58) and Lor­rie Beck (2:40:21). VAR­SITY SOC­CER: Grace Chris­tian goal­keeper Elisha Walker and Calver­ton’s Kiera Shoup were named Na­tional Soc­cer Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica/MaxPreps High School State Play­ers of the Week. —

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