Fired Mariners employee says management called Latino players 'lazy, dumb'

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A fired Mariners employee accused GM Jerry Dipoto, right, and manager Scott Servais of making racist statements about Latino players. (Getty)
A fired Mariners employee accused GM Jerry Dipoto, right, and manager Scott Servais of making racist statements about Latino players. (Getty)

A training director recently fired by the Seattle Mariners has lashed out at the club’s management team, accusing executives of racist talk about Latino players.

The Mariners terminated the contract of Dr. Lorena Martin as the team’s high-performance director.

After being fired, Martin published an Instagram post accusing the team of having “major issues.”

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The things I’ve witnessed and heard first hand have left me shocked. How can their GM Jerry Dipoto, Manager Scott Servais and Director of Player Development Andy McKay speak about their players like this…

Calling Latinos LAZY, DUMB and STUPID, especially the DOMINICANS.

The Mariners denied Martin’s statement in a news release Monday evening.

“Lorena Martin was relieved of her duties with the Mariners on Oct. 10, 2018.

While it is our policy not to comment on personnel issues, we do feel it is important to respond to the outrageous, false claims made by her today on social media. And to note that Martin did not make any of those false allegations until after she was relieved of her duties.

The Mariners categorically deny that any member of our management or coaching staff made racist remarks regarding any of our players or staff. Additionally, we have not terminated (or threatened to terminate) any trainers during the off-season.”

Lorena Martin accused the Mariners of using racist language against players and herself. (AP)
Lorena Martin accused the Mariners of using racist language against players and herself. (AP)

Martin quickly fired back on the Mariners’ statement through Twitter, accusing the team of breach of contract:

There was a breach of contract on the Mariners behalf – and I had reported many other discriminatory incidences to HR and other Mariners staff members throughout the season. And yes Leonardo Santiago and Jose Valdez, DR trainers were let go and not given new contracts. #truth

Martin later spoke with the Tacoma News-Tribune and went into detail her accusations about Dipoto using racist language about Latino players. She said that Dipoto also referred to her as a “cocky latina.”

She said Dipoto in January called her and McKay into his suite at Safeco Field to discuss McKay taking over mental skills development. Martin said she argued against that because mental skills training was part of her contract.

“And (Dipoto) said, ‘You know what you are? You’re a cocky Latina,” Martin said.

“I said, ‘No, I’m a confident person who is competent at what I do and I’ve been trained to do that. And later Andy said, ‘Well, you know, sometimes you’re just plain stupid.’ He loves to use that phrase – plain stupid.’”

She said that later in the conversation they discussed clubhouse culture and player buy in.

“And Andy says, ‘How are you going to do that with the Dominican players? They are lazy. And they are stupid. They are just stupid.’”

Martin’s continued accusations prompted another statement from the Mariners.

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