The Washington Nationals won the baseball World Series recently, winning four games against the Houston Astros. Their pitcher Sean Doolittle, though, decided not to visit the White House on Monday with the rest of the team. Why? Because he wants to be an ally to LGBTQ+ people.
Astros told the Washington Post that there are a lot of things and policies that he disagrees with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in the U.S.
He said that his wife and himself stand for inclusion and acceptance, and they’ve done work with refugees, people that come from the “s******e countries”. He also noted that his wife, Eirann Doran, has two mothers, and he wants to show support for them. He also believes that it’s an important part of allyship, and he doesn’t want to turn his back on them.
Doolittle also brought up Trump’s call to end the lives of the group of black and Latino teenagers that were wrongly convicted of taking advantage of a white woman, and were released from prison over a decade later when the real wrongdoer was found.
To add to that, he said that his brother-in-law has autism, and Trump is a guy that mocked a disabled reporter, so he can’t past that stuff and hang out with the President.
Doolittle notes, though, that the decision was hard because this was one of the last few times he would get to see his teammates.
“At the end of the day, as much as I wanted to be there with my teammates and share that experience with my teammates, I can’t do it. I just can’t do it.” – he added.