The Seattle Mariners say they are reviewing “all internal options” after backup catcher Steve Clevenger posted a pair of controversial tweets Thursday addressing the recent unrest following the fatal shooting of a man by police in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said the team was “very disappointed” in light of Clevenger’s tweets, one of which said in part that “Everyone involved should be locked behind bars like animals!”
“While he is certainly free to express himself, his tweets do not in any way represent the opinions of the Seattle Mariners,” Dipoto said in a statement. “We strongly disagree with the language and tone of his comments.
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“We are currently examining all internal options that are available to us as we determine appropriate next steps,” Dipoto said in the news release. “We will have no further comment at this time.”
Clevenger, a 30-year-old who has spent time on the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs over parts of six seasons since 2011, has played in 22 games this year in his only season for the Mariners, batting .221 with a home run and seven RBIs in 68 at-bats.
Clevenger also mocked the civil rights campaign Black Lives Matter in referencing the Charlotte shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man who was shot and killed by police on Tuesday, and the violent protests in the city that have followed.
“Black people beating whites when a thug got shot holding a gun by a black police officer,” one of the tweets said, according to Seattle radio station KOMO reporter Jon Humbert, who published screen-grab images of the tweets that Clevenger posted to his account, which was set to private Thursday night. “Haha s— cracks me up! Keep kneeling for the Anthem!”