Racially insensitive tweets about Wednesday’s protests of police killings in Charlotte were sent from the account of Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger on Thursday, prompting the Mariners to release a statement.
It is unclear whether or not Clevenger wrote the posts, which refer to police shooting victim Keith Lamont Scott as a ‘thug’, mock athletes protesting during the national anthem and also lash out at the Black Lives Matter movement and president Barack Obama. The posts suggest those involved in the Charlotte protest “should be locked behind bars like animals.”
“Black people beating whites when a thug got shot holding a gun by a black officer haha shit cracks me up. Keep kneeling for the Anthem!”
“[Black Lives Matter] is pathetic once again! Obama you are pathetic once again! Everyone involved should be locked behind bars like animals!”
Clevenger’s account is currently private on Twitter.
Mariners GM and executive vice president Jerry Dipoto said in a statement that the Mariners did not condone the comments in any way:
“The Seattle Mariners are very disappointed at the tweets posted on Steve Clevenger’s account,” he wrote. “While he is certainly free to express himself, his tweets do not in any way represent the opinions of the Seattle Mariners. We strongly disagree with the language and tone of his comments.
“We are currently examining all internal options that are available to us as we determine appropriate next steps. We will have no further comment at this time.”
Clevenger has been out since June with injuries.