MLB Draft Pick Addresses His Tweet About Obama Being Shot With Surprising Statement

David Hookstead | Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

Colorado Rockies draft pick Ryan Rolison recently addressed a 2012 tweet of his in which he fantasized about President Obama getting shot.

Rolison tweeted on election night 2012, “Well we have one hope left…if someone shoots him during his speech.” The tweet has obviously since been deleted. (SLIDESHOW: These Nearly Naked Women Love Baseball)

Rolison said the following on a Tuesday conference call, according to Yahoo Sports:

It was in 2012, and it was a stupid tweet, and it was immature of me. I had no idea what I was talking about. It was immature of me to post something like that. People know that’s not who I am, and the Colorado Rockies know that’s not who I am.

The obvious point here is that he doesn’t actually apologize. At no point did he say he was sorry. I’m sure some people will want to make a big deal about that, but I’m not one of those people.

He acknowledged that it was stupid and immature. That’s an important step, and I’d honestly rather hear somebody talk about recognizing the immaturity of a situation that simply apologize.

I’m also sure lots of people will want to hang onto this moment for awhile because an MLB prospect calling tweeting about Obama getting shot is good for headlines. However, it’s really time to move on. He was a young kid who did a very stupid thing. Are we really going to hold this over him for the rest of his life? I don’t think so.

It’s all about the growing experience, and learning from past mistakes. He admitted it was a stupid thing to do. Now, let the guy focus on just playing baseball.

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