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  • What's your reaction?

  • Thio Mather resigning?

  • Well, when taken together.

  • When you look at all the comments together, what it leaves is the strong impression that this is not the kind of person you want running your franchise.

  • You know, a CEO.

  • People talk about leadership in this, that really more than anything a team president is.

  • It's about judgment.

  • It's about decision making.

  • He showed extremely poor judgment before you get toe all the things he said, which each taken individually, maybe is survivable by him.

  • He could explain away one each one individually, but not altogether.

  • Keep in mind, this is a guy who, according to Seattle Times over a decade ago when the HR department apparently reported to him, had two different women come forward with allegations and both left with settlements.

  • He not only survived that he got promoted, by the way, the Mariners have not fared well under his, um, stewardship.

  • In fact, they are one of the lesser franchises in the league over that time.

  • So you have a guy who exercise with issues in his past who's exercised extremely poor judgment and has been a failure at his position.

  • Seems like a good reason to get rid of him.

  • He's, um when you really look at what he said he complained about a player not knowing English Well, he's a great human being.

  • Doesn't know English well enough.

  • I mean, the player didn't sign up to learn English.

  • He signed up to play baseball, and nevertheless, the player in question took great pride in the fact that within a year he was converse in in English.

  • So obviously he's insulted and obviously a fan base who may also be a where English is a second language may also be offended by that.

  • Hey, we're doing the best we can.

  • Um, he went one by one over, you know, kind of offending different players.

  • And he did it in front of ah, group of people.

  • A rotary club.

  • That that's where you say these things, including making stories up.

  • Stephen A.

  • Which is just bizarre.

  • He just made some stories up, fabricated them out of whole cloth.

  • Why would you do that?

  • Unless you're trying to play the big shot.

  • You wanna you want to regale this crowd?

  • But why would you tell details that you wouldn't say publicly to that group?

  • Because you feel kind of intimacy, like maybe that this group is not public.

  • This group is private.

  • It's just with us.

  • These are the people that I feel comfortable confiding this up Rotary Club.

  • That that is how you feel comfortable.

  • It seems like a good reason to get rid of a bad executive, Stephen A.

  • Well, I don't disagree, and we don't have.

  • We don't have any kind of disagreement here.

  • Hey, offended, uh, you know, he offended Ah, former All Star from Japan.

  • He offended the prospect from the Dominican Republic addressing, You know that that there, you know, not knowing the English language as much as he would have liked him to do.

  • Remember, this is an individual that reached a settlement when he was accused of harassing a female employee.

  • I don't know how long earlier that Waas I don't know all the details, and I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I do.

  • What I will say is this, You know, I remember, and I hearken back in situations like this.

  • Max Malia's well harken back to a situation years ago when the late, great George Michael, God rest his soul.

  • It was a great friend and a great broadcaster out of the Washington D C area.

  • Hey was interviewing Charles Man on his sports machine, and Jack Kent Cooke was the owner off the then Washington Redskins franchise.

  • And what have you and he was bringing up the whole Native American thing and how it was offensive.

  • The Redskins name was offensive to them, and Charles Mann said in, In In, In the Midst of Jack Kent Cooke, just completely being defined and saying he would never change the name and things of that nature, Charles Mann said.

  • It doesn't matter that it's not offensive to him or to me.

  • The fact that it's offensive to them should be enough for us to modify.

  • I think into some degree and act accordingly, and I take that and use that as an example to point to a lot of things that we're dealing with in this day and age.

  • On so many occasions, people want to have a problem with the offended party.

  • Instead of looking at themselves and saying, Excuse me, it's not about me, it is about them.

  • If you're talking about black people, if you're talking about folks, you know whether you're Dominican or your Japanese or you're a female.

  • Whatever the case may be, if they are offended, why would that not be enough for you to modify your level of thinking, heighten your level of sensitivity and just be thoughtful enough and respectful enough to recognize the fact that the fact that they feel that way should be enough for me to know better?

  • This guy Mathur has been an executive with the Seattle Mariners for for I don't know how long.

  • What I do know is that they haven't been to the postseason since 2000 and one.

  • That's the longest drought in Major league baseball S O on the baseball field.

  • You don't have the decency to put forth a competitive enough team to be relevant.

  • But then, on top of it all behind the scenes, you haven't executive with this kind of thinking court on video off spewing these kind of remarks fresh off of a settlement that was reached because he was a rasping of female employees.

  • What the hell is going on?

  • You just look at some of these situations and you just say to yourself, My God, people in leadership positions, um, there's a whole bunch of people out there that might think like this.

  • And my attitude is that it's a It's a crying shame.

  • It's a damn shame.

  • But what, what?

  • What really gives me cause to pause and heightens my level of concern is the fact that this guy was just stupid enough to get caught.

  • What about the plethora of executives out there, Um, that are skilled enough to avoid scrutiny because they don't publicize their beliefs.

  • But they harbored this stuff nonetheless.

  • Who do they employ?

  • Who do they get rid off?

  • How did they treat people they employ?

  • What kind of things do they do?

  • Do do they encourage being disseminated, etcetera, etcetera?

  • It kind of scares you to think that there are people out here who conduct themselves the way that they do and their leaders.

  • But we know what we've been dealing with for the last few years, and as a result of it, we see you know how we've regressed as a nation in certain respects, and I hope that we can get back on the right track and recognize just the importance of being sensitive and thoughtful towards other people and recognizing the fact that just because they may be offended, that should be enough for us to pump the brakes and really modify level of thinking.

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First Take reacts to Seattle Mariners president & CEO Kevin Mather resigning

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/02/23
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