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Steve Clevenger Suspended: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Published by Bleacher Report on Fri, 23 Sep 2016


The Seattle Mariners announced they have suspended catcher Steve Clevenger without pay for the remainder of the regular season after he sent a series of offensive tweets Thursday."As soon as we became aware of the tweets posted by Steve Clevenger 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 Friday. "Today we have informed him that he is suspended for the remainder of the season without pay."In tweets that have since been deleted, Clevenger appeared to make references to the unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina, after a police officer shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott."Black people beating whites when a thug got shot holding a gun by a black officer haha s--t cracks me up! Keep kneeling for the Anthem!" he wrote, according to the Seattle Times' Matt Pentz.The second tweet reportedly referenced the Black Lives Matter movement and President Barack Obama."BLM is pathetic once again," Clevenger said. "Obama you are pathetic once again! Everyone involved should be locked behind bars like animals."After Clevenger's tweets made the rounds, he issued a statement of apology, as shared by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal:"The Seattle Mariners are very disappointed at the tweets posted on Steve Clevenger's account," Dipoto said in a statement Thursday. "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."The 30-year-old is on the 60-day disabled list and hasn't appeared in a game since June 29 after he fractured the third metacarpal in his right hand.
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