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No Thanks, Bye!- Baseball Player To White House Invite

No Thanks, Bye!- Baseball Player To White House Invite

How to show your support to the LGBTQ+ community? This act by the baseball player, Sean Doolittle might give you some direction on how to be a great ally.

Pitcher Sean Doolittle was invited to the White House after his team won the World Series. The baseball player of the Washington Nationals declined to visit the White House with the rest of his team.

Sean Doolittle

Sean Doolittle is the pitcher of the Washington Nationals. He is married. His wife, Eireann Dolan and he are unlike most other major league couples. They are funny, cute, and very woke. The couple strongly supports several minority movements including Black lives matter and works with Syrian refugees. They also work with pride nights.

This is not the first time Sean has spoken for the LGBTQ+ community. He often tweets about LGBT+ related issues. And he is pretty meticulous about stating his opinion. According to the Washington Post, before Doolittle gets down to the discussion, he drafts the text and asks his wife for inputs. He also steps away from the draft for a little while and returns only if he continues to feel the same way about it.

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The major leagues are known to have a certain conservative mindset. Washington Post stated, “If there is a prevailing ideology in baseball clubhouses, it is to keep one’s ideology to himself. Don’t ask, don’t tell, and don’t mess up the clubhouse vibe.”

So to speak up openly about who and what Doolittle and his wife support, needs sufficient consideration. But the couple has their priorities straight and tactfully deal with acting on their beliefs as well as not letting it disrupt the clubhouse vibe.

He told the Washington Post, “I used to care a lot about what other people thought — like teammates,” Doolittle said. “But then, I feel like in this atmosphere and in general, if people can tell that you’re being genuine — if this is something you really care about, if this is something you know a lot about — people will respect that.”

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Making it Matter

Doolittle admitted that big issues in the real world rarely come up in the baseball bubble. Although the environment is quite indifferent to the world around within their bubble, Doolittle and Dolan work on off-field causes. As mentioned earlier, the couple works to help the LGBT+ community apart from veterans and Syrian refugees.

Both, the wife and the husband are from military families. Dolan’s mother came out to her as gay when Dolan was in school. They do have personal connections with the LGBT+ community which sources their actions.

Ally Ally All the way

“There’s a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country,” he told the Washington Post. “My wife and I stand for inclusion and acceptance, and we’ve done work with refugees, people that come from, you know, the ‘shithole countries.’”

 

Speaking of his wife’s two mothers, and of the LGBT+ community, he said, “I want to show support for them. I think that’s an important part of allyship, and I don’t want to turn my back on them,” he said.

Aware of the political situation, he also commented about Trump’s call to execute the Central Park Five. The incident where a group of black and Latino teenagers were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman. The real rapist was found ten years later after which the teens were released. Trump has time and again passed intolerant comments about the LGBT+ community as well as the disabled.

Doolittle has more than a few bones to pick with the American President.

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“I have a brother-in-law who has autism, and [Trump] is a guy that mocked a disabled reporter. How would I explain that to him that I hung out with somebody who mocked the way that he talked or the way that he moves his hands? I can’t get past that stuff.” he told the Washington Post.

Doolittle said that his decision to decline the White House invite was difficult. Since it would be one of the last times he would get to see his team. “At the end of the day, as much as I wanted to be there with my teammates and share that experience with my teammates, I can’t do it,” Doolittle said. “I just can’t do it.”

As a popular celebrity on Twitter as well, he received responses when they learnt of his declination. He said that many people told him to respect the office of the presidency and join his teammates on the visit.

“People say you should go because it’s about respecting the office of the president,” he said. “And I think over the course of his time in office he’s done a lot of things that maybe don’t respect the office.”

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