Author Topic: Mo'ne Davis Asks University To Reinstate Player Who Called Her A 'Slut'  (Read 2041 times)

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A college baseball player committed an error on social media that cost him a place on his team.
First baseman Joey Casselberry was booted off the Bloomsburg University team after calling 13-year-old Little League phenom Mo'ne Davis a "slut" on Twitter, Associated Press reported.
And he will remain off the squad even though Davis wrote the school an email asking that he be reinstated, TMZ reported.
"Everyone makes mistakes and everyone deserves a second chance," she told ESPN in the interview above. But the school held firm, saying the player had violated policy.

Casselberry tweeted in reaction to a report that the Disney Channel was planning a biopic about Davis, the first girl to pitch her team to a victory in the Little League World Series. She made the cover of Sports Illustrated and was named AP's Female Athlete of the Year.
"Disney is making a movie about Mo'ne Davis?" he wrote. "WHAT A JOKE. That slut got rocked by Nevada."

The Pennsylvania school acted swiftly, announcing Casselberry's dismissal via the same medium that got him into trouble in the first place.

Casselberry apologized on Twitter as well before his account was deactivated, reported. He wrote: "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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by Damon Young, 3/24/15

Around this time last week, news first began to circulate that Mo’ne Davis helped unveil a new sneaker line — with 15% of the proceeds going towards impoverished girls.
A day or so later, more great news about the 13-year-old appeared:

From Variety:

The Mo’ne Davis story is coming to Disney Channel. The 13-year-old who made history last summer as the first girl to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series is the subject of a biopic that the cabler is developing with producer Debra Martin Chase.

By the end of the week, I was prepared to read any Mo’ne-related headline.

Mo’ne Davis to Isreal to help broker treaty with Benjamin Netanyahu
Mo’ne Davis challenges James Harden to one-on-one; wins, convinces Harden to trim beard
Mo’ne Davis and Cornell West debate hashtag activism and the utility of grits
Mo’ne Davis solves centuries-old chicken/egg riddle (The answer? Davis: “God, actually”)
Big Sean threatened by masked gunman not to make any more music. Mo’ne Davis is the prime suspect. Police don’t bother investigating. Because it’s Big Sean

Instead, I read about Joey Casselberry, a baseball player at Bloomberg University who got on Twitter, called Davis a slut, and ultimately got kicked off of his team when news of what he did hit the news. Yesterday, I read that Davis forgave Casselberry and reached out to Bloomberg to get him reinstated. Because of course Mo’ne Davis would do that. She is better what she does (living her life) than you are at what you do (living your life).

And then I read piece after piece — person after person — praising Davis for having it in her to forgive Casselberry. And this made me sick.

Not because of what Davis did. She has handled herself about as perfectly as anyone — 13 or 43 — with this type of overnight fame and media scrutiny could. But while she has acted rightly, there’s nothing right about a 13-year-old being placed in a position where this type of forgiveness is even necessary. She’s supposed to be practicing in-and-out crossovers, testing new designs on her sneakers, and getting asked to semi-formals, not being Ralph f*cking Bunche so some full-grown idiot won’t continue to have his f*cking feelings hurt. There’s nothing to be happy about — no feel-good takeaways — when a middle school girl gets insulted by a man and has to speak up for him so he can continue a baseball career no one gives a f*ck about. She is not supposed to be anyone’s savior or protector. We need to be saving and protecting her.

Also, you cant discount the racial context here. As Jamilah Lemieux tweeted yesterday afternoon (paraphrasing) “…the narrative in this country is that Black people are to turn the other cheek, always, with no expectation of White folks changing.” Distilled, this is a White man using a public space to volunteer a sexual insult about a Black girl. f*ck that guy.

No, seriously. f*ck. That. Guy.

I really hope none of this deters Davis from continuing to do what she’s doing. I want to continue to read ludicrous headlines about her. I want her to star in a 2017 mash-up of Taken and You Got Served called You Got Took. I want her to dunk on Kevin Hart. But, more than any of that, I want her to be a middle school kid. And then a high school kid. And not have to be the “bigger person” when the other person is an adult.

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She's too young to be deemed a new black, so I'll let it pass. Hell, she probably feel like she had to. You know how the powers that be always push our kids to  be better, more forgiving, etc. Had this been a white girl, no one would expect such a thing. So yeah, f*ck that guy.
« Last Edit: March 27, 2015, 03:30:09 pm by Maxine Shaw »
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