Orioles distance themselves from player's Obama comments
December 9th, 2010
10:26 AM ET
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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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  1. CitizenJP

    Scott's comments spill his ignorance and bigotry. Baltimore Orioles, if truly wants to prove that they are not an organization of bigots, the right thing to do is to fire this idiot. If he had half the brain of the president, he would have already noticed the birth certificate provided by the State of Hawaii. Some bigots will never be convinced no matter what you show them.

    December 9, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. lasparky11

    Just goes to show that because you can hit a baseball doesn't mean you have an once of brains.

    December 9, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. independent

    The kooks are everywhere. Balitmore's loss for paying over 4million for a part-time, mediocre player. On the other hand, there are lots of millionaires who are unhappy with the President.

    December 9, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. KevGuy

    This guy is a moroon and a lousy baseball player on top of that. I hope he enjoys the basement because that is where his team plays and will continue to as long as they have crap players like him.

    December 9, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. John B.

    Sounds like the boy got beaned one time to many.

    December 9, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. JustMe

    Perhaps Scott should get his facts straight before he speaks. The authenticity of the birth certificate has been confirmed by the Department of Health in Hawaii (who holds the original) as well as the Republican Governor of the state of Hawaii. Not to mention there was a birth announcement posted in the Honolulu paper mere days after the birth. I don't even have my own birth certificate – my mom does, so I would have to go to her and get it.

    December 9, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. payback

    ...DUDE, you should be asking yourself, about mccain. He wasn't born in the U.S. But in the Canal Zone. I don't remember, the Canal Zone, being a state. Such as Hawaii. This, President Obama, not being an American and born in the United States. Quite, frankly is getting OLD. Their is nothing to see here. Let's move on........,

    December 9, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. beevee

    Another nut case who has doubts about the president's citizenship. The orioloes shuld drop him from the team. Move on you nut.

    December 9, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. sam

    i don't believe luke scott was born in america. if you are reading this, luke, please forward me a copy of your birth certificate. thank you. by the way, i also don't believe you are rich, please give me access to your bank account as well. you have nothing to be afraid of because you have nothing to hide.

    December 9, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I can't blame them for doing that. What do these "birthers" want? How can they dispute the state of Hawaii? He has provided it several times.

    December 9, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. John Boehner is the dumbest person to become speaker

    You would think Scott would be happy that he just got a huge tax break, but he would have to be able to read to know it.

    December 9, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. 1whocares

    What infuriates me and most of the people I know is Obama's apparent inability to make this whole issue go away by proving beyond any doubt that he is a legitimate citizen. Almost everyone can provide a copy of his or hers birth certificate without any problem or hesitation except in the case where a court house destroyed by fire in which birth certificates stored there are also destroyed. But even then most people have a notarized photocopy of their birth certificate.
    SO, JUST WHAT IS OBAMA"S PROBLEM? Obama prove you are a US citizen or vacate the oval office.
    A COLB can't even come close to verification as can a notarized photocopy can.
    A COLB only says they can't find a birth certificate.

    December 9, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Nancy

    Mr. Scott needs to apology to the people of Baltimore, Oriole fans, the Oriole organzation, but most of all to the President of the United States. Whereas he has a right to his opinion and to voice that opinion as a private citizen, when representing an organization, he needs to realize it is inappropriate to bear false witness and promote lies, mistruths and hate. As a 60+ year Oriole fan, I fully support the Orioles giving Mr. Scott his unconditional release.

    December 9, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. Cloosdoosch

    Luke Scott IS a Yahoo,.

    December 9, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    You know what? These birthers are not going to be satisfied until someone develops a Time Machine (hey Doc Brown – are you listening?) and brings them back to the delivery room in Honolulu for his actual birth. Even then they will doubt the person in the Oval office today is the kid they saw being born.

    If you dig a little deeper, I would be willing to bet these guys also believe that Adam Weishaupt (an alleged Illuminati Scholar from Prussia) took the place of George Washington in the late 1770s and was our real first President, too! As a reminder to all of you anti-Democrat conspiracy theorists out there, the "New World Order" was articulated in the late 20th Century by President George H. W. Bush, not Bill Clinton as you so desperately want to believe! This same concept has been part of the Great Seal of the United States since 1782, which means it predates our Constitution.

    OOPS! That means we go back to the Illuminati, the Masons and the Knights Templar (with the backing of the Pope, the Jesuits and the House of Rothschild) taking over the world again!

    December 9, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. Chas in Iowa

    Com'on a minor sports personality and he is worthy of note on political matters.
    He only amounts to as much clout as Sarah and that ain't much.

    December 9, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Michael

    This guy is an overpaid idiot ( 4 million a year ) average is only in the 260's and strikes out one of every 5 at bats. Why do these people get national attention for absurd remarks ?? If Obama wasn't born in the USA then Mitch McConnell from Kentucky would be throwing a fit all the way to the conservative Supreme Court. Print something more important and let these brain dead morons remain unheard.

    December 9, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Shix

    He said a lot more offensive statements in that article than simply making his birth certificate claims. What an un-American.

    December 9, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Joshua Knapp

    Obama is one slick guy..not only did he forge his birth certificate but he also invented a time machine, went back in time, and had articles printed in the local Hawaiian news announcing his birth!

    December 9, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. Jeff from Va

    This is America, Luke Scott has his opinion, just everyone else has theirs, you have to admit it, President Obama sure has fought to withhold all his info, there has to be a reason. Liberals, and a lot in Hollywood can rant and rave about everything from President Bush, to Sarah Palin, to the Tea Party, and no one has a problem with that, but you let a conservative stand their ground on somthing they believe, and the media makes a big deal out of it.

    December 9, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Mike

    Someone who has so little respect for America's democracy does not deserve to play America's game.

    December 9, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Beautiful Irony

    The comments literally came from "Yahoo Sports"! Love that!

    December 9, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. Ron

    I wonder if Luke Scott knows where John McCain was born? Otherwise, my message is to Scott: how do we know your "real birth certificate" is real? I mean, if Fox News or any of you other crazy neocons said it was fake it would be fake correct?

    December 9, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. heygriff

    This man has obviously been beaned a time or two. The President has pulled out his birth certificate and shown the world where he was born (Honolulu, HI). If this idiot refuses to believe it, that's on him. As for not believing in what our "Forefathers" believed in, I hope he doesn't. You see, your forefathers believed in the owning, selling, and mistreating of slaves. Fifteen of them thought it was ok. Your forefathers considered black people three-fifths of a person. And then, your forefathers wrote the Constitution and had the audicity (no pun intended) to use God's name in it, when it denied blacks and women of all races their inaileable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I hope David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays read this and send you a little "chin music" on every at bat. Get over it; THE PRESIDENT IS BLACK!!! It was not even close!! Does the word lanslide mean anything to you? Here we have a very smart man in the White House. Remember the guy with the C average that ran this country for 8 years? You better check his birth certificate because he acted like he was born somewhere other than America. McCain graduated in the lower quarter of his class in the Naval Academy. It took Palin 7 colleges to get an undergrad degree. Is that what you wanted in the White House? I am glad that the majority of the voters disagreed with him. I live in the Baltimore-D.C. area and I will be at the game when Price pitches. Can't wait to see that chicken try to duck 95 MPH heat..

    December 9, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. AC

    Luke Scott, you were not born here in the United States, your really from England. Your parents falsified your paperwork. Your really a limey! Go back to England were you came from you hooligan!

    Your only talent is playing baseball barely. Your mouth gets the better of you, deep down inside your a racist! A bigot!

    December 9, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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