It appears to be OK for the NFL to allow left-wingers to have a First Amendment right to disrespect America, but if a Conservative baseball player criticizes the left, he gets suspended without pay for an entire season. Is that a double standard?
Steve Clevenger, a backup pitcher for the Seattle Mariners, was suspended without pay for the rest of the season (it appears that criticizing the left is the unforgivable sin for sports players) after he tweeted about the Charlotte riots, Obama, and Black Lives Matter.
The Daily Caller reported that Clevenger tweeted,
“BLM is pathetic once again! Obama you are pathetic once again! Everyone involved should be locked behind bars like animals!” the backup catcher tweeted out about the riots in Charlotte.
He also tweeted, “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!”
The tweets were deleted from his Twitter account. Clevenger’s Twitter account is locked down so that only confirmed followers may access his tweets. The action will cost him $33,868 in salary.
$33,868: Money Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger will lose as a result of his tweeting. Team suspended him for rest of season without pay.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 23, 2016
Clevenger issued a statement of apology:
“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. 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.
“I grew up on the streets of Baltimore, a city I love to this very day. I grew up in a very culturally diverse area of America and I am very proud to come from there. I am also proud that my inner circle of friends has never been defined by race but by the content of their character. Any former teammate or anyone who has met me can attest to this and I pride myself on not being a judgemental person. I just ask that the public not judge me because of an ill worded tweet.
“I do believe that supporting our First Amendment rights and supporting local law enforcement are not mutually exclusive. With everything going on in the world I really just want what is best for everyone regardless of who they are. I like many Americans are frustrated by a lot of things in the world and I would like to be a part of the dialogue moving forward to make this a better world for everyone.
” I once again apologize to anyone who was offended today and I just ask you not judge me off of a social media posting. Thank you and God bless everyone.” Steve Clevenger
The problem here is that criticism is not being tolerated on one side, while it is being actively promoted on the other. His tweet was not particularly “ill-worded,” it was a statement of frustration. Apparently no one is allowed the freedom of speech to be frustrated with the state of America right now.