University of Baltimore School of Law alumnus John Angelos, executive vice president of the Orioles, made news by speaking out on Twitter about the roots of the unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. A May 10 Baltimore Sun story called Angelos’ 21 tweets “striking” because sports executives rarely risk alienating fans with social or political commentary. “Unprecedented as far as I know,” sports sociologist Jay Coakley told The Sun of Angelos’ passionate messages.
Here is an excerpt of John Angelos’ tweets, which were compiled by The Baltimore Sun:
“The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the bill of rights by government pay the true price, an ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importance of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards. We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the US and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights and this is makes inconvenience at a ball game irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.”