Rockies’ Ian Desmond rips MLB culture, shares angst about race in opt-out message

Rockies’ Ian Desmond rips MLB culture, shares angst about race in opt-out message
Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond announced Monday night that he will not take part in the 2020 MLB season, an option baseball is affording players as the sport opens amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He offered?multiple personal reasons in a lengthy Instagram post.

A brief summary of those reasons:

?The “gruesome murder” (Desmond’s words) of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May broke?his “coping mechanism” and left him unable to suppress his emotions.

MORE: Full list of MLB players to opt out

?A recent visit to the Little League complex in his hometown, Sarasota, Fla., upset him. The fields where he once played were in?poor shape and deserted. He then recounted?racist behavior by high school teammates and racial inequality in American education. He recalled helping Antwaun, a kid he met at the Nationals’ youth academy while he was playing in Washington. Antwaun “died when he was 18, shot 31 times in D.C.,” Desmond wrote.

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