SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners suspended reserve catcher Steve Clevenger for the rest of the season without pay Friday in the wake of his tweets regarding a recent police shooting in Charlotte, North Carolina, and 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.

Dipoto said Clevenger was informed of the suspension on Friday.

Clevenger’s Twitter account was changed to private Thursday night. Screen shots of the tweets showedClevenger made disparaging comments about protesters and President Barack Obama, saying “everyone involved should be locked behind bars like animals!”

Clevenger released a statement to Fox Sports late Thursday night apologizing 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,” continued Clevenger’s 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.”

Clevenger appeared in 22 games for the Mariners this season. He was placed on the disabled list with a fractured hand on June 30.

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Comments (8)
  1. Pam Neufeld says:

    Obama tell your baby boys to go home. Obama you are a divisive race baiting traitor.

  2. Timothy Byrd says:

    Whether you agree with his comments or not its still Freedom of Speech! Guess that doesn’t apply to everyone these days…..

  3. Mark Pippins says:

    Too many people seem to confuse “free speech” with “freedom of consequence” from speech.

    1. So, where are the consequences for Colin Kaepernick? Consequence is a one way street for progressive fascists.

  4. “what you want… dead cops. when do you want them… now.” BLM is a racist hate group that condones violence… what more needs to be said.

  5. Ahhh, yes. Who can make war with the beast or even criticize???

  6. I think jail is to nice for those savages. Put em all down. Anyone looting, burning or inciting a riot should be shot on the spot.

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