The Seattle Mariners announced on Friday that they have suspended their backup catcher Steve Clevenger for the remainder of the 2016 baseball season without pay.
The Mariners organization came to the decision when they were made aware of several tweets Clevenger posted on Thursday in reference to the Charlotte, North Carolina protests in response to the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott by police on Tuesday.
During his tirade, Clevenger wrote:
After the announcement was made, Clevenger released a lengthy statement through his agent apologizing for the whole fiasco, saying he was “sickened by the idea that anyone would think of me in racist terms.”
His statement continued, “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 my tweets on my personal twitter page caused when they went public earlier today.”
While many have called on the Mariners to release Clevenger from the team, there are some on social media who stand with the backup catcher and even invoked Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest.
With 10 games remaining in the MLB schedule, the Mariners are in the hunt for the playoffs with a slim chance of clinching the AL wild card. Clevenger is a distraction the team could do without at this time.