Former New York Yankee Derek Jeter has officially become the first African-American CEO of a Major League Baseball team. The 43-year-old, is also part owner of the Miami Marlins, joining only one other African-American in that specific role, Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Dodgers).
He has already begun dropping nearly 15 employees since taking over, which isn’t particularly unusual in an ownership change. Jeter announced over the weekend that the Marlins are contributing $200,000 to hurricane relief efforts.
And if you are wondering where the five-time World Series champion stands on athletes kneeling during the national anthem, he’s totally on board, having recently told the the New York Daily News, “Everyone should be fine with that. They’re focused so much on the fact that they are kneeling as opposed to what they’re kneeling for. Peaceful protests are fine. You have your right to voice your opinion. As long as it’s a peaceful protest, everyone should be fine with that.”
We wish him the best in this latest endeavor!
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