Maybe the Rays need to have a class for their minor leaguers in the Spring on the dangers of social media and the dangers of saying stupid things.
First it was Josh Sale who was suspended indefinitely for “conduct detrimental to the organization” (i.e. he embarrassed the Rays by being an idiot on Facebook). Now it is Tim Beckham’s turn.
Beckham made an amazing slide yesterday, avoiding the catcher to score a run. It was so good that ESPN included the play among their Top Ten plays of Friday. Then after the game, he took to Twitter and made a joke about midgets…
Of course, most people now recognize the term “midget” as offensive. And even if Beckham doesn’t know that he certainly used the word with offensive intent.
And this is the point where a bunch of people of normal height will start yelling about how “THIS PC SHIT IS GETTING OUT OF HAND RAWWRRR!” which is the worst kind of ignorance and far more damaging than what Beckham wrote.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t think the term is offensive. If little people are hurt by the term (they are), then that should be good enough. And their opinion is the only one that matters.