MLB investigating racist messages sent to Cubs‘ Carl Edwards

By JAY COHEN – Associated Press – Tuesday, April 16, 2019

CHICAGO (AP) – is investigating racist messages sent to reliever on Instagram this month.

was optioned to Triple-A Iowa after he had trouble with his motion and got off to a tough start this season. Lee Long, ‘ agent, said the messages came from a couple different people.

“I’ve known CJ for a long time and while he has mentioned being upset at social-media attacks in the past, the recent incidents are completely beyond normal fan frustration,” Long said Tuesday in a statement. “No player should be expected to bear such personal attacks especially based on the color of their skin.”

Theo Epstein, the president of baseball operations for the , condemned the content of the messages and said the club supports ’s investigation, which was first reported by The Athletic.

“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,” Epstein said in a statement. “Whether spoken, posted or published, this type of reprehensible language and views cannot be tolerated in our game or society.”

The 27-year-old , who is African American, declined comment through a spokeswoman for the Iowa .

was selected by Texas in the 48th round of the 2011 draft. The wiry right-hander was traded to Chicago in the July 2013 that moved Matt Garza to the Rangers. helped the win the World Series in 2016. He went 3-2 with a career-low 2.60 ERA in 58 games last year.

Long said in his statement they appreciate the work by the , and the players’ union in addressing the messages. He also said appreciates all the support he gets from fans.


AP Sports Writer Luke Meredith contributed to this report.


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