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Should athletes be punished for what they say on Twitter?

The Seattle Mariners have suspended catcher Steve Clevenger without pay for the rest of the season because of inflammatory tweets he sent out about protesters in Charlotte. The suspension will effectively cost him around $32,000 in salary and could hurt future trade deals. Some might argue he's getting what he deserves. But Clevenger has apologized for his "poorly worded" tweets. Can we give athletes a platform like Twitter and turn around to censor them. Read both sides and vote below.

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Here are Steve Clevenger's tweets. Would you have suspended him for the rest of the season? He's not going to starve, so this definitely teaches him a lesson. But are we asking too much of our sports stars?

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Can't a guy express a dissenting opinion?

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If Colin Kaepernick can kneel during the anthem, why can't Clevenger tweet?

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You reap what you sow. In this case, nothing good. 

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He's not even THAT great of a catcher, batting .221 with only one home run this year.

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For many, this is what the debate comes down to. 

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Nobody is saying Clevenger can't tweet. But he doesn't have a "right" to play baseball for the Mariners. An employer can take recourse if your actions will hurt the company.

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Where do you draw the line? If a player decides to kneel during the national anthem, could that be taken as reflecting poorly on the organization? Could that be reasons for suspension? 

Sure, Clevenger went into an area of indecency by using the phrase "animals," but where do you draw the line? 

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Should athletes be punished for what they say on Twitter?
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