When the White House released a copy of President Barack Obama's long form birth certificate last week, I jokingly wrote that it might quiet outspoken Orioles left fielder Luke Scott, who was critical of the President during the offseason.
Well, it didn't.
Scott, who was interviewed by Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star, remains skeptical about the President's background. He thinks Obama's birth certificate needs to be checked out to confirm that it is legit, which I guess makes a lot of sense if you are crazy enough to question whether our President is from the United States in the first place.
"[Obama's] birth certificate has yet to be validated," Scott said Tuesday. "If they can counterfeit $100 bills, I think it's a million times easier to counterfeit a birth certificate, if you ask me. So, all it is, let's just see if it's real. Anybody can produce a document, so let's check it out."
I know some of you questioned the newsworthiness of Scott's previous statements on this blog (personally, I like hearing what the athletes we follow think about the world, even if I disagree with them). But Scott explained to Mellinger that it is his duty as an American to speak his mind while taking advantage of the platform given to him as a professional athlete, one who has hammered four home runs in the Orioles' past six games, including a three-run shot in Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Royals.
“We all have that responsibility as Americans,” Scott said. “Whatever platform you have, large or small, fight for what’s right. Fight for what’s right and fight for the principles of honor, integrity, accountability, being a person. Responsible. Hard work. Discipline. Honesty. Things like that, try and pass those principles on to the next generation. Be a voice for that. Maybe being a baseball player and having a little bigger platform than the next [person], then my responsibility should be to stand up for those principles. If I was in construction or working in an office I should stand up for those principles as well.”
Maybe then it wouldn't matter what Scott thinks. But since he is a public figure, his beliefs continue to be news, just like Rashard Mendenhall's controversial Tweets about Osama bin Laden. The Orioles wish Scott would zip it and just play ball, but that's not going to happen. Scott is always going to say what he really thinks.
And I support his right to speak freely, even if what he says borders on ridiculousness.