Sep 2, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen (59) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the 7th inning at Turner Field. The Braves won 13-5. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Dan Warthen Apologizes For Using Ethnic Slur

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen issued an apology Wednesday night for using an ethnic slur earlier this week.

The issue came about Monday, when Warthen apologized to Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s interpreter Jeff Cutler in the clubhouse for calling him a “Chinaman”- even though Cutler isn’t Chinese.

While Warthen was apologizing, Stu Woo of the Wall Street Journal overheard the exchange and later asked Cutler about it.

Cutler noted that he wasn’t offended, but Woo approached Mets public relations director Jay Horwitz about what Warthen had said. Horwitz told Woo that he and Warthen would meet him the next day, but according to Woo, that didn’t happen.

When the matter wasn’t addressed, Woo published a story about it in the Wall Street Journal. Shortly after, Warthen and Mets general manager Sandy Alderson issued the following statements:

Dan Warthen:

I apologize for the thoughtless remarks that I made yesterday in the clubhouse. They were a poor attempt at humor but were wrong and inappropriate in any setting. I am very sorry.

Sandy Alderson:

On behalf of the entire organization, I apologize for the insensitive remarks made by of one of our staff members. The remarks were offensive and inappropriate and the organization is very sorry.


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  • Tommy2cat

    Why is everyone so sensitive? If Cutler didn’t care, then who gives a $hit? The only thing I want to know is whether the Jap can get guys out.

    I really dislike how sensitive our culture has become. Can’t make fun of people anymore… we’re hypersensitive as a culture because with all of the developments in micro media technology, conversations that used to be private now wind up going viral.

    I dunno, see the ball, hit the ball & put Charlie Hustle into the Hall of Fame.

    • AnakinCorleone

      “The only thing I want to know is whether the Jap can get guys out.”

      The ‘Jap’? Seriously?!? This comment is so typical of [insert correct slur corresponding to your ethnicity/race/religion here] people like yourself.

      In all seriousness, while I understand Woo’s desire to eradicate this and other offensive terms from our vocabulary, he should’ve written more about the context too. It seems like Warthen and Dice-K’s translator have gotten to know each other pretty well now. Friends will say things among friends that they would get killed for saying publicly. I think back to my two roommates in college, both of whom were a different race from me and each other. We were three guys of three different races sharing an apartment and would say some of the craziest, most outrageous, and offensive things to each other. However, to this day, if I got into a fight, or had a personal problem, or got into any other kind of trouble, they are still the first two guys that would have my back.

      Context is important. Likewise, context goes both ways. I grew up in Flushing close to Shea. It is home to one of the largest Asian communities (mostly Chinese and Korean) in the New York area. I doubt many of the players or team staff knows this unless they read the signs on the warehouses near CitiField (or rather, look at the signs since many are not in English anyway.) Dan Warthen, who has been with the team longer than most people, should know this.

  • roger roger

    Part of the takeaway here is that Warthen didn’t show up for the 7:30 am meeting. It’s this snub that appears to be the motivation for the WSJ writer to go public with this, no?

    Personally, I find the way journalists exploit their podiums to pursue vindictive personal agendas to be pretty offensive. Still: the whole incident speaks to the clownish, juvenile working environment that has always plagued the Mets.