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Rizzo: Firing coffee-thrower wasn't difficult

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After video surfaced of a Nationals team employee throwing coffee in the face of a convenience store worker in the Dominican Republic, the team swiftly fired him. 

On his weekly appearance with the Sports Junkies, general manager Mike Rizzo explained how hard a decision it was for Washington to make. Spoiler alert: It wasn't.

"That wasn't such a difficult maneuver to make," Rizzo said. "It's something that was unacceptable in life in general but it's certainly unacceptable to be a Washington National employee and act towards women that way and act toward people in general that way. So that wasn't so difficult." 

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The employee, Jazhiel Morel, had worked for the Nationals at the Dominican Academy since 2017, a place that has helped them develop young stars such as Juan Soto and Victor Robles. He started as a video intern, spent two years as an administrative assistant, and was then promoted to administrator in November of 2019.

Morel turned himself in to police a few days after the incident.