Orioles distance themselves from player's Obama comments
December 9th, 2010
10:26 AM ET
12 years ago

Orioles distance themselves from player's Obama comments

(CNN) - It could be an interesting Opening Day come April when Orioles Designated Hitter Luke Scott steps to the plate.

The baseball organization is now putting distance between themselves and comments from Scott, who in a recent interview doubted President Obama was born in the United States.

"Luke Scott's comments do not reflect the opinion of the Baltimore Orioles organization," read a statement from the team released Wednesday. "The fact is that Barack Obama is our President, duly elected by the people of the United States. End of story."

Scott's comments came in an interview with Yahoo Sports earlier in the week. An avid hunter who was showing off a picture of a recent kill at baseball's winter meetings in Orlando, Florida, Scott defended his Second Amendment rights before launching into a criticism of Obama.

"Obama does not represent America. Nor does he represent anything what our forefathers stood for," Scott said. "He was not born here. That's my belief. I was born here. If someone accuses me of not being born here, I can go – within 10 minutes – to my filing cabinet and I can pick up my real birth certificate and I can go, 'See? Look! Here it is.' He doesn't answer anything. And why? Because he's hiding something."

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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Dave

    As a Baltimore resident and an Orioles season ticket holder, I think Luke Scott should shut his mouth and concentrate on hitting the ball. If he could hit the ball as well as he runs his mouth, the O's wouldn't have lost 100+ games last year...

    December 9, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. john

    What an ignorant moron and he is a crappy player.

    December 9, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Neil

    This is really embarrassing for the Orioles. It's amazing that people can be so ignorantly hateful

    December 9, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Old Farmboy

    Not that it matters now that President Obama is halfway through his first, and hopefully only term, but the man may have a point...

    December 9, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Philly Guy

    SURE he's not a citizen, he never will be in your book Mr. Scott. You and many others in America that never wanted to see a black man of color as POTUS. Not in your wildest dreams could you have envisioned that day. And so instead, what do you and many others do? You find ANY reason, and reach for ANY piece of stupidity to support your hatred you've already had on the inside.

    Explaining to you and the other morons in america that there is valid confirmed proof that Obama is a US citizen is like arguing with someone for 3 hours that the sky is blue. The real idiot would be the person trying to convince you it's blue. A fact doesn't validate itself because you become convinced. Whether you believe it or not Mr. Scott does not change the VERIFIED fact that POTUS Obama is a US citizen.

    But of course you don't see yourself as divisive, do you? Hypocrite.

    December 9, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. John

    Why can't we expect that from the person who we hired to run our country?

    December 9, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. kd

    this guy is an idiot.

    He perpetuates the dumb jock stereotype.

    And he has no business sullying the national pastime with his wacko political beliefs.

    December 9, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    ["The fact is that Barack Obama is our President, duly elected by the people of the United States. End of story."]


    ["Obama does not represent America. Nor does he represent anything what our forefathers stood for," Scott said.]

    Everyone has a right to their own opinions!!! But this is the reason why some people should SHUT UP!! People who THINK like Scott are the people who just cannot BEAR the FACT that our President is African American.

    If the Hawaiian Governor states that this issue is DEAD, then President Obama does not have to do a DAMN thing to prove to NON-Believers and/or people who just "down-outright" hate him as man!! Do you want to know WHY? Because if he stands on the streets of Times Square for “day” if that what it takes, holding up his "original" birth certificate to PROVE to all that pass him – there will still ALWAYS be "something else" for him to prove!!! So to hell to all of the non-believers!! PERIOD!!

    I betcha by golly WOW – Scott will be BOOED at all of the games!!!

    December 9, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Bruce

    He's allowed his opinion just like everyone else. Get over it CNN and all the liberals that I KNOW are going to spew hate Luke's way.

    December 9, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. Stephen Folkson

    This guy Luke Scott sounds very much like he should be a designated hitter at a mental health facility, and stay that way for a good long time. The Orioles should be commended for distancing themselves from his comments, and very quickly at that.

    December 9, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. BDA

    Luke Scott, have I got a lady for you! A little cutey who just ran - and got trounced - for a Senate seat in Connecticut. Name of Christine O'Donnell. She's just the moron for you, buddy. You two idiots can get hitched and then spend the rest of your life running around in circles babbling your paranoid nonsense. I never thought it would be possible to find someone stupid enough for Christine, but, pal, you are it!

    As a lifelong Orioles fan I am ashamed of the organization for not issuing an even harsher rebuke of Scott's wanton ignorance. Such total Limbaughian stupidity exposed in public - while showing off his latest dead animal, no less - should not be tolerated. At the very least the club should threaten to levy a $100,000 fine at the guy if he's ever caught listening to Rush again.

    December 9, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Marge

    He has a right to his opinion but he should not make statements that embarass his employer. After all people have gotten fired for less. Look at under Bush's administration, people got fired just because they said they didn't approve of Bush. This is worst.

    December 9, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Ken in NC

    While Luke Scott is entitled to his own opinion, he is not entitled to his own fact. It's sad that he has become one of thousands that were at one time considered a fool only to open their mouths and remove all doubt. Now he is nothing more than just another "Jock".

    December 9, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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