Reserve catcher and former Chicago Cub, Steve Clevenger was suspended Friday by the Seattle Mariners for the remaining of the season without pay. This is in the wake of his Twitter rants about the recent events in Charlotte, North Carolina, that involves the Black Lives Matter movement.
“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,” General manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement.
According to Chicago Tribune, Dipoto said that Clevenger was informed of the suspension on Friday. The catcher will lose 10 days worth of pay from his $516,500 salary in the major leagues. He will be deducted a total of $28,224.
Clevenger posted two tweets about the incidents in Charlotte. The first one said, “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!”
In his second tweet, he then mentioned President Obama and the BLM:
“BLM is pathetic once again. Obama you are pathetic once again! Everyone involved should be locked behind bars like animals.”
In a statement he released to Fox Sports Thursday night, Clevenger apologized for “the distraction my tweets on my personal Twitter page caused when they went public earlier today”.
“I am sickened by the idea that anyone would think of me in racist terms,” Clevenger said in the statement. “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.”
According to New York Times, the 30-year-old Steve Clevenger appeared in 22 games this season. Clevenger’s big break came in 2012 when he played in 69 games for the Chicago Cubs, batting .201.
He was drafted by the Cubs in 2006 and was part of the 2013 trade with the Baltimore Orioles. This is his first year with the Mariners.
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