Class personified

Quite apart from putting a permanent crease in the phrase “throwing like a girl,” Mo’ne Davis has demonstrated maturity far beyond some of us:

Mo’ne Davis, heroine of the Little League World Series, said the college baseball player who was dismissed from his team for posting an offensive tweet about her should get a second chance at playing.

Bloomsburg (Pennsylvania) University’s Joey Casselberry, a junior first baseman, was thrown off the team after tweeting: “Disney is making a movie about Mo’ne Davis? WHAT A JOKE. That slut got rocked by Nevada.”

Davis told SportsCenter on Monday that she wrote an email to the school asking officials to reinstate Casselberry.

The university confirmed that they received her request. She explains:

“Everyone makes mistakes,” Davis said. “Everyone deserves a second chance. I know he didn’t mean it in that type of way. I know people get tired of seeing me on TV. But sometimes you got to think about what you’re doing before you do it.

“It hurt on my part, but he hurt even more. If it was me, I would want to take that back. I know how hard he’s worked. Why not give him a second chance?”

Oh, and despite her formidable baseball prowess, she wants to play in the WNBA some day. Heck, she might be able to play in the NBA. (Yeah, she’s five-foot-four — now.)

The Disney Channel original movie, incidentally, is called Throw Like Mo.



  1. McGehee »

    25 March 2015 · 10:11 am

    Reminds me of a story out of Lubbock a few months ago. A Texas Tech women’s basketball player and a men’s athlete (maybe basketball but I’m not sure) got into a scuffle during a pickup game and the guy got thrown off his team — until the women’s player insisted publicly that he should be reinstated because she was at least as much at fault but wasn’t being punished.

    IIRC (always a crapshoot) her request was granted. Clearly we have a better quality of girls’-womens’ sports athletes these days, and I’d bet it’s due in part to the fact that, with in most cases no Big Show to set sights on, sports don’t appeal to thugettes.

  2. fillyjonk »

    25 March 2015 · 12:29 pm

    Sometimes, it’s also the quality of the coaches they have. We have several very good (in the sense of having high behavior and academic expectations of their players) women’s coaches at my school.

    But yeah, most women in sports at college aren’t expecting to become Big Pro Giant Money Making Stars – a lot of the women athletes I’ve had in class are like , “Eh, it’s a way to get my education paid for, that’s what I’m here to do.”

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