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Mariners President, CEO Resigns After Video Surfaces with ‘Inappropriate’ Comments

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By Matthew Zimmer

If you didn’t see the video or the thread of the comments over the weekend made by Kevin Mather on Feb. 5, you should.

It was crazy to see the President and CEO of a Major League team speaking the way Mather did about Seattle Mariners players and staff.

Mariners chairman and managing partner John Stanton put out a statement on Twitter announcing Mather’s resignation Monday afternoon. Stanton will take over as President and CEO for the time being.

“Like all of you, I was extremely disappointed when I learned of Kevin Mather’s recent comments,” Stanton said. His comments were inappropriate and do not represent our organization’s feelings about our players, staff, and fans.

“There is no excuse for what was said, and I won’t try to make one,” he said.

Stanton also offered a “sincere” apology to the players and fans.

“We have a lot of work to do to make amends, and that work is already underway,” he said.

Before the resignation was announced, the MLB Player’s Association called the comments “offensive,” and that’s putting it lightly.

Mather’s comments included attacks at fan favorite Hisashi Iwakuma and his interpreter.

Then, he made an unexpected remark about Kyle Seager.

This was news to Seager, and his wife Julia, who commented on the news via Twitter.

Mather also voiced strange things, this time directed at M’s prospects, Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez.

Rodriguez simply responded with his head photoshopped on Michael Jordan’s body in the Jordan “and I took that personally” meme.

If you missed the comments, here is the first tweet of a thread that you should read.

This isn’t the first time Mather has been in the spotlight for inappropriate things going on with the M’s. He, and two other executives, were also accused of inappropriate workplace conduct by three women back in 2009-10.

Here’s a story about the comments Mather made during his speech.

Below is the full statement from John Stanton.

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