In September 2016, former Seattle Mariners player Steve Clevenger landed himself in deep trouble after he posted insensitive comments about Black Lives Matter protesters on his Twitter account. The tweets soon went viral and subsequently got the athlete suspended from the season.
Almost a year after the incident, Clevenger has apologized for his racist remarks in an interview with Yahoo Sports.
“My words were wrong. I regret every day that I wrote it, and I wish I could take it back. They were harsh. They were mean. They angered a lot of people. And I’m sorry for it. I can only ask for forgiveness,” the baseball player said.
“I try not to think about it too much. I try to hold out hope that a couple lines on Twitter won’t end my career. I’m trying to think positive. I want people to know who I really am as a person. I want an opportunity to show people my tweets aren’t who I am or who I want to be,” he added.
Clevenger has spent many months associating with black people within and outside the sports industry, in an attempt to learn different cultures and better understand their place in the society. He has even watched a couple of documentaries about the African-American community and got into discussions about racial inequality to gain a better understanding of why his tweets were so shameful.
Claiming he isn’t racist, Clevenger said: “I see how people could be hurt. I see how people can take it as being racist. I don’t have hatred in my body because of race or religion or gender. If I had to do it all over again, I definitely wouldn’t have posted those tweets. That’s not the person I am.”
“I come from a struggling family. I understand people’s pain when they come to that. I grew up around it. I had friends who didn’t have much of anything, but they’re my friends. I don’t judge people on how much money they have or their race or their gender or what religion they practice. I don’t hate people because of that type of thing.”
Clevenger regrets using the word “thug” and has studied the Black Lives Matter movement in hopes of learning more about the oppressed black community. He hopes that his tweets won’t damage his career for eternity and that a team would take him on board, considering he’s done everything he could to make amends.
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