(NEW YORK) — Mo’ne Davis, the teenage girl who gained national fame by pitching a shutout in last year’s Little League World Series, said the college baseball player kicked off his team for posting an offensive tweet about her should get a second chance.
Bloomsburg (Pennsylvania) University’s Joey Casselberry, a junior first baseman, was released after tweeting: “Disney is making a movie about Mo’ne Davis? WHAT A JOKE. That sl– got rocked by Nevada.”
Davis, the subject of an upcoming Disney Channel movie, Throw Like Mo, told ESPN’s SportsCenter Monday that she wrote an email to the school asking officials to reinstate Casselberry.
“Everyone makes mistakes,” Davis, 13, said. “Everyone deserves a second chance. I know he didn’t mean it in that type of way. I know people get tired of seeing me on TV. But sometimes you got to think about what you’re doing before you do it.”
The university released a statement to the media Monday confirming that Davis had reached out.
“Her request demonstrates the type of person she is, her level of maturity and the empathy that her family and coach teach her,” its statement read. “Bloomsburg University stands firm on our decision; however, his consequences will be reviewed as is common in disciplinary actions like this.”
Before his Twitter account was deactivated last Saturday, Casselberry apologized, writing, “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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