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Nationals Pitcher Speaks Out Against Charlottesville Rally and Trump's Response - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Aug 15,2017
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Doolittle earlier this month at Wrigley Field. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

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By Benjamin Freed

WASHINGTON, DC. - Unlike their counterparts in the NBA and NFL, Major League Baseball players aren’t known for chiming up on politics and current events off the field. But that’s not the case—at least for the Washington Nationals—in light of the white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville that left one counter-protester dead after a member of a racist group allegedly rammed a crowd of people with his car.

Relief pitcher Sean Doolittle, whom the Nationals acquired in a trade last month, broke baseball’s usual code of apolitical silence and shared his revulsion of the events in Charlottesville. In a string of tweets, Doolittle—who attended the University of Virginia before going pro—condemned the white-supremacist demonstration as well as President Trump’s initial response rebuking protesters “on all sides.”

It’s 2017. Actual Nazis just marched on #Charlottesville. We have to come together & drive this hatred & domestic terrorism from our country

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