Cardinals, Blues release statement: 'There's no place for intolerance in our society'

Sam Masterson
June 02, 2020 - 10:32 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues have released a joint statement on the civil unrest and protests, following the trend of many pro sports teams around the U.S.

You can read the full statement here:

The last three nights in St. Louis have seen standoffs between police and protesters become violent. Four officers were shot in St. Louis and another man was shot and killed early Tuesday morning, after a night of people setting fires, looting and causing destruction around the city. 

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On Sunday, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak was on KMOX and had this to say: 

"It's sort of amazing that a week ago we're trying to discuss what it might look like if we can get back to baseball, worrying about the safety issues, the economic issues. And then within 24 hours or a day of that conversation, things shifted dramatically through our country. And it's one of those things where I think everybody takes a moment to pause and realize that there's a long history of mistakes that have been made in this country... and hopefully this is an opportunity to show optimism or to show that there's a chance at change. Because you don't want to have these types of things just be where they become a repeat of what we've read or heard. Given that this is really coast-to-coast, touching all segments of our country, I do hope this is a time where you look back and say: 'This made a difference.'"

Some Cardinals players have used their platforms to make statements about the protests and civil unrest happening around the country. 

Adam Wainwright and his wife, Jenny: 

Dexter Fowler: 

Here’s the thing. I know it’s hard to fully grasp why black people are outraged. It’s hard to grasp unless you’ve seen people hold their purses tighter when you walk by, when you have people refer to you as “not black” when you’re not “ghetto”. When your parents have to give you a talk when you’re just a kid. “you can’t act like your white friends. you’ll get killed. they won’t” This is a generational discussion EVERY black family has. It terrifies you as a kid, and as an adult. You don’t understand why we know, those officers didn’t flinch at murdering that man, because he is black. The race card. We hold it. You tell us “it’s not about race” if we ever hold you to it. You don’t want us to have even that 1 bone chilling “privilege” of defense. You don’t want us to hold any privilege. We don’t hold the privilege of being a criminal, making a mistake, or simply taking a jog, the same as a white man, and being treated the same. He couldn’t breathe. He was murdered. They were gently fired from their jobs. This isn’t right. This can’t go on. (if you assume “you”, is you, and you’re upset about the generalization...... just think about that for a second)

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