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Seattle Mariners catcher apologizes for 'reactionary' Charlotte protest tweets


"Worded beyond poorly at best."

Steve Clevenger #32 of the Seattle Mariners heads back to the dugout after striking out with two runners on base to end the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Safeco Field on May 28, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Image source: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The Seattle Mariners are apologizing after catcher Steve Clevenger sent out a tweet about what should happen to Charlotte protesters.

Seattle Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger. (Image source: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

"Black people beating whites when a thug shot holding a gun by a black officer haha s**t cracks me up! Keep kneeling for the anthem!" Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger tweeted Thursday.

"BLM is pathetic once again. Obama you are pathetic once again. Everyone involved should be locked behind bars like animals," Clevenger later wrote.

The catcher has since deleted both tweets, but KOMO-TV reporter Jon Humbert captured screenshots before they were removed and tweeted them out.

Clevenger apologized for the comments Thursday night, saying, "My tweets were reactionary to the events I saw on the news and were worded beyond poorly at best."

"I can see how and why someone could read into my tweets far more deeply than how I actually feel," Clevenger added.

Jerry Dipoto, Mariners executive vice president also responded Thursday, saying the team is "very disappointed" by the tweets:

"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," Dipoto said. "We are currently examining all internal options that are available to us as we determine appropriate next steps."

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Charlotte in the nights following the death of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, who was fatally shot by a black police officer earlier this week. At least 16 officers have been injured during the unrest.

(H/T: USA Today)

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