The Detroit Tigers said Wednesday that they dismissed the pitching coach Chris Bosio for "insensitive comments" against another team member from "Zero Tolerance". It was a big misunderstanding, according to Bosio, who claimed on Thursday that he was using a term that was interpreted as racist by a black clubhouse attendant but was actually meant to be a white player.
"I'm absolutely broken," said Bosio Bob Nightengale of USA Today. "I still can not believe it's happening, I'm shocked."
The 55-year-old ex-coach who was in his first season in Detroit after being praised for his work with the 2012-2017 season Employees of the Cubs had said that the attendant heard about it he said "monkey" and took offense. Bosio, however, claimed that he was referring to Daniel Stumpf, a tiger player he said was called the "spider monkey".
"Someone in our coaching room asked me [on Monday] about stump," said Bosio Nightengale. "And I said, 'Oh, you mean' spider monkey '. That's his nickname. He's a skinny little white kid who makes all those funny faces when he trains.
"The child [clubhouse attendant] thought we were talking about him, he got mad, he assumed we were talking about him, I said, no, no, no, we're talking about Stump."
"And that's it's. "I swear by the tombs of my mother and father, there was nothing else."
There was more for the tigers, who said they also provided legal assistance in interviewing persons involved in the incident before the general manager of the team, Al, Avila included, decided to end the contract of Bosio. "We know what we did and why we did it, and we'll see where it goes from there," Avila Nightengale said.
"The measures we took were appropriate," he added. "There were things involved."
When Stumpf was asked for the nickname on Thursday, he said he was unaware of it. "The Spider Monkey is not a nickname I've mentioned or am familiar with," said the 27-year-old bowler, who is currently in violation of the Tiger's Class AAA affiliate, the Detroit Free Press.
When MLB allowed players to use nicknames on the backs of their jerseys during a designated Players Weekend last August, Stumpf went with "Donald". According to MLB.com, this nickname was given to him by minor league teammates who heard his surname like "Trump."
The Free Press reported Thursday that "several players and coaches" that Stumpf had been in Detroit during his two seasons said they never directly called him "Spider Monkey". Tony Paul of the Detroit News said on Twitter: "If Bosio's story * is true, he would have three or four co-coaches to support him and he would still have his job, but no."  With the announcement of the dismissal of Bosio, the tigers did not want to specify what exactly he said. The team made no further official comment on Thursday after Bosio revealed that it was "ape," but said he had pleaded his case with Avila and other team officials, insisting that he had "not crossed the line." ,  "I had somehow been protected, because that is hellishly damaging to me," said the former pitcher, who threw a no-hitter for the Mariners in 1993 and Nightengale said he wanted to continue his coaching career. He said, "Everyone knows I'm not," Bosio said, using "no obscenity" or "vulgarity" and not saying the "N word" or "racist."
"This kid and I had a great relationship," Bosio said of the companion. "This boy made jokes about me all spring, and I told him, 'Now you're offended because you heard the word' monkey 'or' spider monkey ' and it's not even focused on you.
"Every day, we joke about our coach. All sorts of things are said in a baseball clubhouse. And so that happens to me? I do not know what else to say, but I know that I do not deserve it.
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