Major League Baseball is reportedly investigating allegedly racist messages sent to a Chicago Cubs player.
The Athletic is reporting that the MLB is investigating messages sent to Carl Edwards Jr., a relief pitcher for the Cubs.
Edwards, 27, had a tough start to the 2019 season and got demoted to Triple-A Iowa. Prior to that, he had reportedly received racist messages on Instagram.
The Athletic's Patrick Mooney had the details:
Deeper, darker emotions had already stirred inside Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. when he got demoted to Triple-A Iowa earlier this month. He could understand the baseball reasoning behind the move, the need to clear his head and reset his pitching mechanics in the minors. But what he saw on social media leading up to that decision went beyond the standard criticism of a player’s performance. It reached the level of hate speech.
Amid his early-season struggles, Edwards received racist messages on Instagram that have drawn the attention of Major League Baseball, Cubs officials and the players’ union, multiple sources told The Athletic.
Major League Baseball released the following statement:
“We are aware of the situation,” an MLB spokesperson said. “We have a team that works with social-media companies to take appropriate actions in situations like this.”
Edwards has been a member of the Cubs since 2015. He has a career ERA of 3.36 and has more than 200 career strikeouts.