2019-02-05 10:09:21.0
Cubs release statement on Joe Rickett's controversial emails
by Tony Crumpton
Senior Editor

The website Splinter released private emails from Joe Ricketts showing racist jokes, conspiracy theories about Barack Obama, and anti-Muslim remarks.

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts had to release a statement to distance himself and the organization from his father's emails.

"We are aware of the racially insensitive emails in my father’s account that were published by an online media outlet," the statement read. "Let me be clear: The language and views expressed in those emails have no place in our society."

"My father is not involved with the operation of the Chicago Cubs in any way. I am trusted with representing this organization and our fans with a respect for people from all backgrounds. These emails do not reflect the culture we’ve worked so hard to build at the Chicago Cubs since 2009."

Joe Ricketts released an apology on his personal website on Monday night.

"I deeply regret and apologize for some of the exchanges I had in my emails. Sometimes I received emails that I should have condemned. Other times I’ve said things that don’t reflect my value system. I strongly believe that bigoted ideas are wrong."

Joe Ricketts helped his family buy the Cubs for $845 million in 2009.

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