Seattle Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger has been suspended for criticizing Black Lives Matter and President Obama.“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!” (RELATED: CNN Reporter Assaulted On Live TV During Charlotte Riots [VIDEO])
Both tweets have since been deleted from his account.
— X (@XLNB) September 23, 2016
The Mariners announced on Friday that he would be suspended for the rest of the season without pay. Clevenger will lose out on about $30,000 in salary according to ESPN reporter Darren Rovell.
$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
He has since released a statement apologizing for the tweets that criticized Obama and BLM.