In a classy gesture, Mo'ne Davis has forgiven the college baseball player who sent an offensive tweet about her and is even asking for his reinstatement to Bloomsburg University's baseball team.
This high-road approach comes after Bloomsburg sophomore first baseman Joey Casselberry tweeted Saturday, "Disney is making a movie about Mo'ne Davis? WHAT A JOKE. That s**t got rocked by Nevada."
His tweet was in response to news about the Disney Channel working on a biopic called Throw Like Mo about the 13-year-old little-league baseball sensation. The University swiftly kicked Casselberry off the baseball team. He has since apologized.
Davis offered her reaction after learning of the tweet to the New York Daily News on Monday.
“At first I laughed [when I heard about the Tweet] because he said that and doesn’t even know me,” Mo’ne told the Daily News via email. “But after I saw that it was trending and everyone was reading what he said, it kind of hurt. I couldn’t understand why he hated me so much.”
But when Davis learned that Bloomsburg had dismissed Casselberry from the baseball team, she wrote to the University asking them to reconsider its decision.
“Even though what he did was really hurtful I thought about how hard he probably worked to get to be a college player, ” she told the News. “It was a really big mistake, but we all make mistakes.”
Despite her written plea, Bloomsburg is standing by its decision to permanently remove Casselberry from the team.
Davis told the Daily News that if she were able to speak to Casselberry, she'd tell him: “That I forgive him and I hope he learns from this and that he’s a better person in the future.”
Davis captured the heart of the country for becoming the first girl to pitch a shutout during the Little League World Series. She was also named the Associated Press's 2014 Female Athlete of the Year.
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