Just because you can’t prove it, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
That’s currently the case of Dr. Lorena Martin who used to be the Seattle Mariners’ director of high performance until she was fired back in October after only one year on the job, after signing a three-year contract for the role.
Last year, Dr. Martin alleged that Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, manager Scott Servais, and farm director Andy McKay called Latinos “lazy, dumb, and stupid.”
“The Mariners organization has major issues,” Martin wrote in a social media post. “The things I’ve witnessed and heard first hand have left me shocked. How can their GM Jerry Dipoto, Manager Scott Servais, and Director of Player Development Andy McKay speak about their players like this…Calling LATIS LAZY, DUMB, and STUPID, and especially the DOMINICANS.”
Martin also told The Tacoma News Tribune that Dipoto once called her a “cocky Latina” in a meeting with Martin and McKay.
After an internal review, the Mariners claimed no wrongdoing in the situation.
On Wednesday, an independent investigation commissioned by Major League Baseball also cleared the Mariners.
“On November 13, 2018, Major League Baseball announced that it would investigate allegations made by Dr. Lorena Martin, a former employee of the Seattle Mariners, regarding her treatment by the organization and her claims that senior Club officials made derogatory and inappropriate comments. The investigation was conducted by Epstein Becker Green, a national law firm specializing in labor and employment matters, whose attorneys interviewed seventeen potential witnesses, including Dr. Martin,” read a statement from the league.
“The firm did not uncover credible evidence that the Mariners, or any of its employees, violated Major League Baseball’s Workplace Code of Conduct, or applicable anti-discrimination law, in the treatment of Dr. Martin or the termination of her employment. The investigation also concluded that there is no credible evidence to support Dr. Martin’s claim that Mariners’ employees, including Jerry Dipoto, Scott Servais, or Andy McKay, made any of the comments attributed to them in her public statement or subsequent lawsuit.
Because of the ongoing litigation, MLB will have no further comment on this matter.”