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