Mariners suspend catcher Steve Clevenger without pay for controversial tweets
Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter
Seattle, WA, United States (4E Sports) – The Seattle Mariners have suspended catcher Steve Clevenger without pay for the rest of the season for his racially charged tweets regarding the regarding the shooting of a black man by a police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“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.
“Today we have informed him that he is suspended for the reminder of the season without pay,” he added.
The suspension will cost Clevenger , who is on the 60-day disabled list recovering from a broken right hand and an elbow injury, about $32,000. Clevenger is earning $516,500 this year.
Clevenger is scheduled to be eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason and is under the Mariners’ control for three more seasons.
Clevenger tweeted several offensive remarks regarding the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests and unrest following the shooting of a black man by a police officer in Charlotte.
“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,” Clevenger said in a statement.
“I am sickened by the idea that anyone would think of me in racist terms. 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,” he added.
The 30-year-old Clevenger was acquired by Dipoto in a trade for slugger Mark Trumbo last December. He played in 22 games as the Mariners’ backup catcher to start the season and was hitting .221 when he broke a bone in his right hand on a foul tip on June 29.