The Twitter world claims another blabbermouth.
The baseball player who violated 14-year-old Little League World Series celebrity Mo’Ne Davis on his Twitter
“That slut got rocked by Nevada” the loopy baller posted on Twitter after it was announced that Davis was getting a Disney biopic. Casselberry was referring to Davis’ Taney Dragons getting whipped by Nevada 8-1 in last summer’s LLWS Semifinals game.
The rude dude is Joey Casselberry and I’m assuming he had to be three or four vodkas in to actually tweet what some young, unheralded college baseball players are probably thinking.
His real beef is with the fact that last week the Disney Channel said development is underway on the biographical film titled "Throw Like Mo," and he's probably had his full of "Mo’ne Mania."
In Casselberry's eyes, her 10 minutes of fame wasn't supposed to roll into the next baseball season. Even worse, now she's dropping books and crossing over Kevin Hart in NBA celebrity All-Star games.
Apparently he thinks that being the first girl in LLWS history to toss a shutout—rising from local legend who made mincemeat of boys on various athletic fields to national celebrity and striking out the best young hitters on the globe enroute to becoming the event’s polarizing story –isn’t enough to warrant a Disney Movie.
The fact that Davis is even being recognized and her feats are valued as marketable, inspirational and worthy of being exploited by Disney’s massive worldwide network is commendable.
Casselberry's brand of girl bashing is nothing new in America. While I won’t agree with those who characterize the insults as “racist,” I will maintain that Casselberry’s outburst was overtly sexist and typical of male behavior towards women (particularly black women) in this country who ascend to lofty positions. In some way, he felt that by calling her a "slut" which carries a sexually-demeaning connotation, he was in some desperate way diminishing her value or discrediting her tremendous impact. It was his personal way of justifying his own inferiority.
This guy’s been playing baseball at a high level his entire life. He’s probably thinking, “This pony-tail rocking basketball player from Philly pitches a few innings in the over-hyped LLWS and she becomes a cult icon with stories on every TV network and publication from Sports Illustrated to the New York Times? To top it all off, she is black.“
That has got to piss off a few corn-eating jocks/local sports heroes, who are lost in The Sticks playing small-time college ball and still striving for stardom. Of course, Joey broke the first law of saying anything vulgar, racist or criminally threatening, which is that you don’t express your true feelings on tape, film or social media.
According to a Bloomsburg University Facebook post, Casselberry was a sophomore first baseman on the Huskies team during the 2014 season. He was the team’s second-leading hitter in the 2015 season, hitting .389 with two home runs over six games.
Oddly enough, as of Saturday evening, Casselberry’s name wasn’t on the Huskies 2015 or 2014 baseball rosters.
The university’s athletic department announced Casselberry’s dismissal from the team in a tweet and said it was “deeply saddened” by Casselberry’s words, insisting that the player's tweet did not represent the views of the school.
Maybe not, but it did represent the views of a demonic and increasingly vulgar social media epidemic, where racists, idiots and bigots are thankfully exposed to the world but at the expense of decent people. In this case it was a 14-year-old girl who has done nothing but bring pride to herself and her community.
And if you ever questioned whether or not the growing legend of Mo’ne Davis is a PR creation used by LLWS to increase viewership, just look at how the young lady responded to such insults.
Before he deleted his tweet and entire Twitter account, Casselberry reportedly apologized for crossing the point of no return.
"An example that one stupid tweet can ruin someone’s life and I couldn’t be more sorry about my actions last night," he said (according to Philly.com ). "I please ask you to…Forgive me and truly understand that I am in no way shape or form a sexist, and I am a huge fan of Mo’ne. She was quite an inspiration."
Similar to the recent “nigger”-fueled verbal orgy displayed by the University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Casselberry recants his attacks after the fact. In both cases, the apologies came too late and were all too insincere in light of the damning developments.
"This type of racist behavior will not be tolerated and is not consistent with the values and morals of our fraternity. We have more than 15,000 collegiate members across the nation, and this incident should not reflect on other brothers because this type of hateful action is not what Sigma Alpha Epsilon stands for. This is absolutely not who we are."
Like, who’s going to believe that…ever?
It can be argued that African-Americans are the most attacked race in America. It can be proven that we are also one of the most forgiving.
On Monday, Mar. 23, Davis appeared on ESPN's SportsCenter to discuss the incident, revealing that she asked Bloomsburg to reinstate the foul-mouthed Casselberry.
"Everyone makes mistakes," Davis said. "Everyone deserves a second chance. I know he didn't mean it in that type of way. I know people get tired of seeing me on TV. But sometimes you got to think about what you're doing before you do it."
Despite Casselberry's derogatory lip service, Davis told ESPN that he was probably in more pain than her at the moment.
"I know right now, he’s really hurt," she told SportsCenter, "and I know how hard he worked just to get to where he is right now. I was pretty hurt on my part, but I know he’s hurt even more. If it was me, I would want to take that back. I know how hard he's worked. Why not give him a second chance?"
"Her request demonstrates the type of person she is, her level of maturity and the empathy that her family and coach teach her," the university wrote. "Bloomsburg University stands firm on our decision; however, his consequences will be reviewed as is common in disciplinary actions like this."
This girl just keeps teaching boys, and now men, great lessons about life. She expresses a humility that doesn’t hinder her desire to win and she carries a heavy burden now. She has already voiced interest in attending UConn to play point guard for the legendary Huskies program and Coach Geno Auriemma once she graduates high school. She obviously doesn't believe in doing things the easy way.
The expectations and standard of excellence she has set for herself will follow her like a shadow. The more dragons she slays and the more people she inspires, the more haters will conspire to erase her impact from the map.
It comes with the territory and at a very young age, she's is getting a crash course on an adult game. It’s almost like we are watching the magnificent movie of her life unfold in front of our eyes. Being the subject of a Disney flick is a fleek way to start her teen years, but nobody needs a movie to see that Davis is cut from some seriously dope cloth.
With every obstacle, this Philly funkster shows that she was born to lead. It’s not a long shot to say maybe one day Davis will rule some kingdom of industry, politics or athletics with the competitive spirit and sculptured beauty of Queen Nefertiti (Egypt, 14th Century B.C.), the ambition and intellectual savvy of Queen Cleopatra (Egypt, 69-30BC) and tactically-sound social-military skills like Nigerian Queen Amina (1560-1610).