Mo’ne Davis is requesting Bloomsburg University reinstate one of the school’s baseball players after an extremely offensive tweet he fired off about her. Find out what she said and get the deets on Vin Diesel naming his new daughter after his friend, the late Paul Walker, inside….
Little League star Mo’ne Davis is not your typical teenager. Outside of being able to throw a 70mph baseball and landing the cover of Sports Illustrated, she has a heart of pure gold.
If you haven’t heard, Joey Casselberry, a junior first baseman at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, was dismissed from the baseball team after he fired off a very derogatory tweet about the baseball prodigy. After learning Disney would be making a biopic chronicling her sports career, Joey tweeted, “Disney is making a movie about Mo’Ne Davis? WHAT A JOKE. That slut got rocked by Nevada.”
Following the backlash, he allegedly tweeted out an apology and then deactivated his Twitter account. Before shutting down his social media handle, he apologized, writing (via Philly.com):
“An example that one stupid tweet can ruin someone’s life and I couldn’t be more sorry about my actions last night. I please ask you to…Forgive me and truly understand that I am in no way shape or form a sexist, and I am a huge fan of Mo’ne. She was quite an inspiration.”
During an interview with ESPN’s “SportsCenter” this morning, the 13-year-old baseball phenom (pictured above in Philly at a book signing for her new book over the weekend) revealed she wrote an email to Bloomsburg University asking the institution to give him a second chance. She said,
“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.
Although she said she was hurt by his words, she STILL wants him to have the opportunity to hit the field and do what he loves. She added,
“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?”
Wow. She continues to amaze us.
Bloomsburg University released a statement to the Washington Post saying they received Mo’ne’s email, but they have no plans of reinstating Joey Casselberry at the time. It reads:
“Mo’ne Davis has reached out to Bloomsburg University asking that Joey Casselberry’s dismissal from the team be reconsidered. Her request demonstrates the type of person she is, her level of maturity and the empathy that her family and coach teach her. Bloomsburg University stands firm on our decision; however, his consequences will be reviewed as is common in disciplinary actions like this.”
Hmph. Serves him right. Hopefully, this will teach him (and anyone else who decides to publicly disrespect a child) a lesson.
In baby news….
Furious 7 star Vin Diesel welcomed his third child into his family fold last week. Now, he’s dishing on his baby girl’s name and the significance behind it.
The sexy actor and his longtime girlfriend Paloma Jimenez became proud parents (again) to a precious baby girl who will join her big brother and big sister. He made the announcement via his Facebook page and captioned the sweet picture (above) with lyrics from “What A Wonderful World.”
During an interview on a helicopter ride for the “TODAY” show, Vin revealed he named his baby girl Pauline in tribute to his late friend/Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker, who passed away in a car crash in 2013.
“I named her Pauline. It felt like, you know, a way to keep his memory a part of my family and a part of my world.”
“He was in the room. There’s no other person that I was thinking about as I was cutting this umbilical cord. I just … knew he was there.”
Peep his interview below:
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Last week, Vin stood in front of a crowd at an advanced screening of Furious 7 in L.A. where he got a little choked up talking about his best friend. Check it below:
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