Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto: Allegations of racism ‘simply untrue’

Nov 19, 2018, 4:32 PM
Mariners GM Jerry DiPoto...
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto. (AP)

Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto denied allegations of racism and discrimination made against the organization, levied by former Director of High Performance, Dr. Lorena Martin, in an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny, Dave and Moore on Monday.

MLB investigating allegation of discrimination from Lorena Martin

An interview The News Tribune published Nov. 13 detailed specific allegations from Martin of discrimination by Dipoto, manager Scott Servais, and Director of Player Development Andy McKay. In it, Martin alleged that Latin players had been labeled as “lazy,” “dumb,” and “stupid,” specifically focused on those hailing from the Dominican Republic.

Dipoto, who spoke to Danny, Dave, and Moore Monday following the team’s trade of James Paxton to the Yankees, quickly addressed Martin’s allegations at one point in the interview.

“There is an ongoing MLB investigation, so there’s going to be a limit to which I can comment. I will say, that the accusations are unfounded – simply not true,” said Dipoto.

“I feel terrible personally, I feel terrible for the Mariners organizations, [and] for Scott and Andy, that we’ve been dragged into what has really turned into an ugly mess,” he added.

This follows with statements made by the Mariners, including a statement on the team’s Twitter account that labeled Martin’s accusations as “fabricated, including her statements about reports to Human Resources and specific allegations about people named in the story.”

Added Dipoto: “We’ve carried ourselves in a professional way, treating people the right way each step, and I hope that is read loud and clear here.”

Further fuel was added to the fire Monday afternoon as another story from The News Tribune reported that Leonardo Santiago and Jose Valdez, two of the Mariners’ three trainers at their complex in Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic whose contracts were recently not renewed, also allege Dipoto and McKay of racial discrimination.

Date Starting Pitcher
Thursday, September 29 @ 6:40 pm Mariners' Marco Gonzales vs. Rangers' Jon Gray

Mariners Roof Report

Brought to you by
Mostly Sunny
High 69° | Low 53°
No game today.

Wyman & Bob

Wyman and Bob

Mariners Jarred Kelenic...
Brandon Gustafson

Is Mariners’ Jarred Kelenic back for good? 3 MLB insiders weigh in

Jarred Kelenic has produced in his short time back with the Mariners from Triple-A. We look at what MLB insiders Mike Blowers, Jeff Passan and Jon Morosi have to say about him.
23 hours ago
Seahawks Geno Smith...
Brent Stecker

Seahawks Football 101: Correcting a pair of basic mistakes

Former NFL linebacker Dave Wyman breaks down a Seahawks play each on offense and defense from last Sunday's loss to the Falcons.
2 days ago
Brandon Gustafson

Rowland-Smith: Mariners’ ‘big wake-up call’ may be what they needed

Former pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith joined Wyman & Bob and explained why Sunday's stunning Mariners loss to the Royals may be a good thing.
3 days ago
Mariners Adam Frazier...
Brent Stecker

Mariners Breakdown: Reconciling painful collapse with playoffs in grasp

Bob Stelton of Seattle Sports' Wyman and Bob explains why he thought Sunday was the worst single-game loss in Mariners history and much more.
4 days ago
Mariners Carlos Santana...
Brent Stecker

Blowers: Why Santana, Mariners’ veteran presence has been so important

ROOT Sports color commentator and former Mariners 3B Mike Blowers talked about Carlos Santana and the impact of veterans on the young M's players.
9 days ago
Mariners Carlos Santana...
Brent Stecker

Mariners Breakdown: Who will step up to finish off M’s playoff push?

Bob Stelton shares his thoughts on the Mariners needing someone to step up with the lineup ailing, the AL MVP race and much more.
10 days ago
Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto: Allegations of racism ‘simply untrue’