Mariners' Clevenger suspended for rest of season after controversial tweets

By Marc Lancaster 23 September 2016
Mariners' Clevenger suspended for rest of season after controversial tweets

Steve Clevenger has been suspended without pay for the rest of the season by the Seattle Mariners after posting controversial statements on his Twitter page.

On Thursday Clevenger sent a pair of tweets referring to protests in Charlotte sparked by the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by a police officer earlier this week.

The first tweet read: "Black people beating whites when a thug got shot holding a gun by a black officer haha s— cracks me up! Keep kneeling for the anthem!"

Clevenger then went on to post: "BLM [Black Lives Matter] is pathetic once again! Obama you are pathetic once again! Everyone involved should be locked behind bars like animals!"

The 30-year-old catcher, who was already set to miss the rest of the campaign with an elbow injury, apologised in a statement.

"My tweets were reactionary to the events I saw on the news and were worded 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 wrote, adding he is "sickened" that anyone would think of him as a racist because of their content.

 

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