It’s typical weird baseball when a team has to announce that it’s suspending a backup catcher for the rest of the season and address the situation that brought upon their decision. Friday, the Seattle Mariners had to address the situation surrounding Steve Clevenger. The team announced that they’ve suspended Clevenger without pay for the rest of the season after Clevenger’s tweets about the recent police shootings and the Black Lives Matter movement. Clevenger had since apologized for the remarks, but it wasn’t enough to save his year.
Clevenger posted two tweets Thursday, while protests in Charlotte over the officer-involved shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott. He wrote “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!” and “BLM is pathetic once again! Obama you are pathetic once again! Everyone involved should be locked behind bars like animals!” The tweets forced the Mariners’ hand. The tweets have since been deleted. Clevenger responded to the outcry, saying “sickened … that anyone would think of me in racist terms,” per Q13 Fox.