Seattle Mariners President Kevin Mather resigned Monday over what is being called “inappropriate and “disturbing comments” aimed at the English-speaking ability of some players on his own team.
Mather was called on the carpet after audio emerged of an address he gave to a local Seattle Rotary Club in which he reportedly made fun of the way some of his players speak English, TMZ Sports reported.
Close to the end of Mather’s time with the Rotary Club members, he was asked about outfielder Julio Rodriguez, who is from the Dominican Republic. Mather ribbed the layer saying, “He is loud; his English is not tremendous.”
Mather also hit up his “bad English” theme when speaking of the team’s Dominican academy and educational programs, saying, “Surprise, surprise! They’d get in trouble because they wouldn’t know how to speak the language or make change or even buy dinner.”
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