2019-02-05 17:54:13.0
MLB releases statement about 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.

MLB released a statement on Tuesday afternoon about the leaked emails:

"We are aware of the email exchanges involving Joe Ricketts. While many of the emails were not written by Mr. Ricketts, the content is extremely offensive and completely at odds with the values and principles of Major League Baseball. Providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone is extremely important for MLB and our 30 clubs."

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts also released a statement about 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."

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