MLB Investigating Racist Messages Sent to Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr.

MLB Investigating Racist Messages Sent to Cubs' Carl Edwards Jr.

Major League Baseball launched an investigation into racist messages sent to Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. on social media.

This happened before Carl was demoted to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs on April 6.

The racist messages were brought to the attention of the MLB by Patrick Mooney of The Athletic on Tuesday. The comment caught the attention of MLB, the Cubs, and the MLB Players Association. Read on… reports that a league spokesperson told Patrick Mooney of The Athletic that they are looking into where the racist messages came from.

The spokesperson told Patrick Mooney:

We are aware of the situation. We have a team that works with social media companies to take appropriate actions in situations like this.

Carl Edwards Jr. has struggled mightily during the 2019 season’s early stages. He has been underperforming for the Chicago Cubs so he is now working on his pitching skills playing for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs.

Edwards Jr., 27, had been working on a new delivery during spring training, but the MLB informed him it was an illegal motion before the regular season started.

The South Carolina native told reporters:

It would’ve been nice if they had told me in spring training, but it is what it is. It doesn’t matter. I just went back to what I used to do.

Edwards should return to the majors in short order based on his previous track record. For now, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein provided a statement to The Athletic about the situation:

We were shocked by the racist, profanity-laced social media message sent to Carl Edwards Jr. earlier this month. We vehemently condemn the content of the message and are supporting Major League Baseball’s investigation to identify the person responsible.

In a sport that celebrates diversity and unites people from all backgrounds, we are appalled anyone claiming to be a fan would send divisive and bigoted insults to a player. Whether spoken, posted or published, this type of reprehensible language and views cannot be tolerated in our game or society.

No timetable was provided for the completion of MLB’s investigation.

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