Mo’ne Davis, the 13-year-old baseball phenom who rose to national stardom last year after her dominant performance in the 2014 Little League World Series, asked Bloomsburg University Monday to reinstate baseball player Joey Casselberry. The school dismissed Casselberry from the baseball team after he called Davis a derogatory slur on Twitter.
“Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone deserves a second chance. I know he didn’t mean it in that type of way. I know people get tired of seeing me on TV. But sometimes you got to think about what you’re doing before you do it,” Davis said during an appearance on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”
Casselberry, a junior at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania who played first base for the school’s baseball team, insulted Davis after learning the Disney Channel planned to develop a movie about her life. Davis, a Philadelphia native who became the first female ever to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series, also appeared in the NBA’s celebrity game during All-Star Weekend in February.
“Disney is making a movie about Mo’ne Davis? WHAT A JOKE. That s--- got rocked by Nevada,” Casselberry posted on Twitter. Both the tweet and Casselberry’s Twitter account have since been deleted, according to CBS Sports. Casselberry later apologized for his comment.
Bloomsburg immediately dismissed Casselberry from the baseball team and expressed sadness over his comments. But Davis and her little league coach Alex Rice each reached out to Bloomsburg officials to petition the school to reinstate Casselberry to the baseball team.
“It hurt on my part, but he hurt even more. If it was me, I would want to take that back. I know how hard he’s worked. Why not give him a second chance?” Davis said.
Bloomsburg officials praised Davis’ grace and poise in dealing with the situation, but confirmed Monday the school has no plans to reinstate Casselberry to the team. “Right now we’re standing firm,” a spokesperson told TMZ Sports.
Casselberry had a .389 batting average and two home runs this season before his dismissal from the team. He hit .268 with one home run and 27 runs batted in last season. His name has already been removed from Bloomsburg baseball’s official roster.
Casselberry was a star athlete at Methacton High School in Eagleville, Pennsylvania, and earned several of the school's baseball records, according to Philly.com.