Mo'ne Davis asks college to reinstate player dismissed for tweet
Little League World Series star Mo'ne Davis asked Bloomsburg University to reinstate baseball player Joey Casselberry, who was dismissed from the team after writing an offensive tweet about the 13-year-old girl on Friday.
Davis and her coach, Alex Rice, emailed Bloomsburg president David L. Soltz to ask for Casselberry's reinstatement, TMZ first reported. A spokesman from the school told BuzzFeed News that although it was impressed by Davis' request, it was standing by its decision to dismiss Casselberry.
"Her request demonstrates the type of person she is, her level of maturity and the empathy that her family and coach teach her," the spokesman said.
Davis also appeared on ESPN's SportsCenter to discuss the incident and her willingness to forgive Casselberry's offensive remark.
"Everyone makes mistakes and everyone deserves a second chance," Davis said. "I know he didn't mean it in that type of way, and I know a lot of people get tired of seeing me on TV, but you kind of just gotta think about what you're doing before you actually do it. I know right now, he's really hurt and I know how hard he worked just to get to where he is right now. I was pretty hurt on my part, but I know he's hurt even more."
In the tweet, which was written on Friday and later deleted, Casselberry called Davis a disparaging name and also insulted the accomplishments of her team, Taney Youth Baseball Association of Philadelphia, in the 2014 Little League World Series.
- Mike Fiammetta