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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Mariners respond to ‘false’ claims of racism by fired staffer

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The Seattle Mariners have issued a statement in response to a fired staff member, who accused the team of racism.

Dr. Lorena Martin was hired a year ago and given the created position of director of high performance for the Mariners. According to the Seattle Times, Martin was hired to improve the team’s training, conditioning and injury prevention.

The Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish reports that Martin was fired last month and the Mariners were trying to avoid paying the remaining two years left on her contract. She hired a lawyer, and things got ugly when she hurled accusations of racism at the team on social media Monday.

Seattle responded with a statement shortly after Martin’s accusations.

“Lorena Martin was relieved of her duties with the Mariners on Oct. 10, 2018.

“While it is our policy to not comment on personnel issues, we do feel it is important to respond to the outrageous, false claims made by her today on social media. And to note that Martin did not make any of these false allegations until after she was relieved of her duties.

“The Mariners categorically deny that any member of our management or coaching staff made racist remarks regarding any of our players or staff. Additionally, we have not terminated (or threatened to terminate) any trainers during the off-season.”

The Mariners were apparently considering reducing Martin’s role before dismissing her. Now that she’s been fired and the Mariners are trying to avoid paying her, things have gotten ugly.

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