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New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen discusses his team’s boycott of Thursday night’s game with the Miami Marlins, the show of support for Black Lives Matter, first baseman Dominic Smith’s heartbreaking comments on social injustice and racial inequality, as well as his now-infamous leaked comments about MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s complete lack of leadership. Video footage courtesy of and provided by the New York Mets organization, MLB Advanced Media, and MLB Pressbox.

Additional statement by Brodie Van Wagenen via Mets:

“Jeff Wilpon called Commissioner Manfred this afternoon to notify him that our players voted not to play. They discussed the challenges of rescheduling the game. Jeff proposed an idea of playing the game an hour later. I misunderstood that this was the Commissioner’s idea. In actuality, this was Jeff’s suggestion. The players had already made their decision so I felt the suggestion was not helpful. My frustration with the Commissioner was wrong and unfounded. I apologize to the Commissioner for my disrespectful comments and poor judgement in inaccurately describing the contents of his private conversation with Jeff Wilpon.”

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