America, meet Joey Casselberry, former baseball player for Bloomsburg University and another unfortunate victim of the first amendment, which does not guarantee you the right to play college baseball. Especially when you call a 13-year-old a slut on social media. Good going, guy!
Casselberry, who has since tweeted that he is "not a sexist" and finds Davis "an inspiration" was cut from Bloomsburg's baseball team on Saturday evening after the university caught wind of a tweet he made about Mo'ne Davis on Friday night. The tweet in question, probably posted after much thought and deliberation as to its effect, was made after Casselberry discovered that Disney was making a movie about the teen and felt it was undeserved.
"Disney is making a movie about Mo'ne Davis? WHAT A JOKE. That slut got rocked by Nevada" Casselberry wrote in the tweet forgetting that a) Twitter is a public forum where anyone can access one's stupid, stupid statements and, more importantly, b) that he was writing the tweet about and intentionally humiliating a 13-year-old child for absolutely no reason other than the fact that she was female. There are lots of overhyped baseball stars and Davis, the first female in the Little League's history to pitch a shutout, isn't one of them. But that doesn't really matter here and even writing that feels almost like it's defending Casselberry in some way. What matters is that no matter who you are, you shouldn't be calling adolescents vulgar names on social media in the hope of getting a few retweets. Fortunately for Casselberry, a great number of people were willing to teach him that important lesson.
"You were way out of line and disrespectful," Shirley Smith wrote after reading Casselberry's tweet. "You should really be ashamed of yourself."
Writer Kimberly Ellis thought Casselberry's message was "a blatant conscientious attempt to degrade a child, a girl, a black girl."
And, according to Buzzfeed, many were ready to support Davis as well, tweeting their support for the Little League star and reminding her that "idiots like Casselberry shouldn't break her spirit." Bloomsburg University took it one step further, investigating the matter and dismissing Casselberry for his tweets despite his own star history as a high school baseball player.
While some are applauding the school for taking action, others feel that the player's punishment doesn't fit the crime, arguing that Casselberry has a right to his opinion and that the school should have just suspended him for one game or made him apologize instead of kicking him off the team for calling someone a name.
Casselberry deleted his Twitter after posting an apology that made him seem like the victim in the situation, showing that he's probably learned nothing and will, possibly and probably, blame Davis for his actions as opposed to taking a good hard look at himself and the reasons why he was dismissed from the team.
"An example that one stupid tweet can ruin someone's life and I couldn't be more sorry about my actions last night. I please ask you to."
"Forgive me and truly understand that I am in no way shape or form a sexist and I am a huge fan of Mo'ne. She was quite an inspiration."
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