Orioles’ outfielder/designated hitter/first baseman, Luke Scott is a player who I had grown to respect over the years for his play and the way he conducts himself in public.
As a fan, I obviously don’t know him all that well – aside from what he’s projected in public and in the press.
I’ve been able to chat with him at a few events, plus as a fan in the park. My opinion of him is that he’s a man of faith and spiritualism, a very hard worker, humble and of course has become a hell of a hitter.
Now, he's proven to be a member of the ultra-conservative, right-wing faction of this country. That's fine.
However, this week, he’s made some very controversial and off-base statements about the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.
His comments centered on Obama’s birthplace – and the legitimacy of his citizenship (along with other topics) in an interview with Yahoo Sports.
Obviously, he’s created quite the firestorm…
Here’s a bit of what he said:
"[Obama] was not born here," Scott asserted to Answer Man in the session's last segment. "That's my belief. I was born here. If someone accuses me of not being born here, I can go — within 10 minutes — to my filing cabinet and I can pick up my real birth certificate and I can go, 'See? Look! Here it is. Here it is.' The man has dodged everything. He dodges questions, he doesn't answer anything."
Yesterday, the Orioles – via a tweet on their official page on Twitter – distanced themselves from Scott’s comments.