Major League Baseball said Tuesday it will investigate the claims of racial discrimination in the Seattle Mariners organization made by a former employee on Monday.
"The MLB recognizes the allegations of a former Seattle Mariners employee regarding conduct In line with our policies, we investigate the allegations," the league declared in a statement made to The Athletic .
The Mariners denied the allegations of a former employee, Latino players were referred to as "Latino players" especially from the Dominican Republic, "stupid" and "stupid".
The Mariners on Monday denied the racial discrimination claimed by Lorena Martin, the team's former high-powered director, on social media.
The team said in a statement that Martin was fired last October on October 10. The team gave no reason for their termination. The Mariners said in their statement that Martin had not raised any of the allegations before they were dismissed.
Martin however, responded on Twitter that they have "reported many other discriminatory incidents in HR and other Mariners employees throughout the season," she said. [Monday] Martin reported in an Instagram post on Monday that General Manager Jerry DiPoto, Manager Scott Servais, and Head of Player Development Andy McKay have called Latino players, especially those from the Dominican Republic, "stupid" and "stupid."
She said she chose to "speak because they're firing innocent coaches because they wanted to do the right thing and because of their color / race."
Martin reported some of the specific incidents on a Monday night interview with The News Tribune. Martin said that when she refused to pass on some of her duties to McKay, DiPoto said, "Do you know what you are? You are a slutty Latina." When she defended herself, she said, McKay said to her, "Well, you know, sometimes you're just stupid."
She also told the News Tribune that Servais told her that you do not see Latino manager or catcher because "you're not bright enough, you're stupid." She also noticed that Servais told her that she was could not sit in a bar meeting with players to talk about families, "honestly, because you are a woman".