Whether you're a baseball fan or not, it's time to familiarize yourself with one 13-year-old baseball star set to become a household name across America. She's a Little League World Series star, the subject of an upcoming Disney movie and has now proven herself to be a regular saint of grace and generosity. After a college dismissed one of its baseball players for his offensive tweet about her, the young teenager Mo'ne Davis asked Bloomsburg University to reinstate the player Joey Casselberry in a rather astounding act of kindness that further endeared her to the millions in the country.
After Disney announced that a biographical film about Davis entitled "Throw Like Mo" was in the works, Casselberry was thrown off the team for calling Davis a derogatory, indefensible term in a tweet on Saturday:
Disney is making a movie about Mo'ne Davis? WHAT A JOKE. That sl*t got rocked by Nevada.
Davis told ESPN Sportscenter on Monday that she sent an email to the university imploring officials to give Casselberry a second chance, but was not sure if they received it because she didn't get a response. She said:
Everyone makes mistakes. 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. It hurt on my part, but he 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?
Bloomsburg University released a press statement on Monday confirming that Davis did indeed reach out to its officials:
Mo’ne Davis has reached out to Bloomsburg University asking that Joey Casselberry's dismissal from the team be reconsidered. Her request demonstrates the type of person she is, her level of maturity and the empathy that her family and coach teach her. Bloomsburg University stands firm on our decision; however, his consequences will be reviewed as is common in disciplinary actions like this.
At 13, Davis is what author and assistant professor of sports management at George Washington University Mark Hyman called "the most talked about player in baseball," even more so than Derek Jeter. She's achieved incredible feats in the Little League dominated by boys, graced the cover of Sports Illustrated and seems to be remarkably humble for a young woman who has reach a level of celebrity never before seen in the Little League.
The nation collectively flinched in distaste as the tweet began circulating online and in the media, and Casselberry deactivated his Twitter account — but not before posting apologies:
An example that one stupid tweet can ruin someone's life and I couldn't be more sorry about my actions last night. 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.
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