BALTIMORE –- Professional athletes generally aren’t comfortable with being social commentators. Some do it willingly, LeBron James for example. Michael Jordan was famously averse to being involved.
They’re still asked their opinion. Adam Jones is used to being asked his, and for 15 minutes on Wednesday morning, the Orioles centerfielder talked about the Baltimore unrest.
Manager Buck Showalter is also interested in current affairs, and he’s looked upon as the de facto spokesman for the ballclub on all kinds of issues.
It shouldn’t have been a surprise when Showalter was asked after the game played with no crowd what message he has for African American young men.
“You hear people try to weigh in on things that they really don't know anything about,” Showalter began.
“I've never been black, OK? So I don't know, I can't put myself there. I've never faced the challenges that they face, so I understand the emotion, but I can't... It's a pet peeve of mine when somebody says, 'Well, I know what they're feeling. Why don't they do this? Why doesn't somebody do that?' You have never been black, OK, so just slow down a little bit.
“I try not to get involved in something that I don't know about, but I do know that it's something that's very passionate, something that I am with my upbringing that it bothers me and it bothers everybody else. We've made quite a statement as a city, some good and some bad. Now, let's get on with taking the statements we've made and create a positive,” he said.