A lot of Facebook feeds were peppered with people wearing orange shirts on Tuesday in support of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, an effort largely backed by former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg’s gun control advocacy groups.
Among the photos was one sent out by the New York Mets of the players wearing orange t-shirts http://www.breitbart.com/sports/2015/06/02/ny-mets-join-michael-bloomberg-piers-morgan-in-gun-control-campaign/ and touting themselves as the “first professional sports franchise to participate in today’s first annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day.”
As it turns out, not all the team members were on board with the idea, and starting pitcher Dillon Gee is one of them, according to this story from the New York Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/dillon-gee-blames-miscommunication-gun-control-pic-article-1.2247044
On Wednesday, Gee expressed his disagreement in a tweet that linked to an article citing the team’s picture being used.
Gee, an avid hunter and outdoorsman, said Thursday there was a “miscommunication” regarding how the picture would be used and that he used Twitter to make sure that his views were clear, according to the story.
“I don’t have a whole lot to say, because I don’t want to argue the issue. That wasn’t my intent,” Gee said. “Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I just didn’t like being lumped in with something I don’t support. There was a miscommunication and I just wanted to clear it up.”
A Mets spokesperson said the team understands it has several players and employees who are hunters and believe in gun safety. The team’s participation was meant to support the “Wear Orange” campaign, which was inspired by a group of Chicago teens. “Today by wearing orange you visibly honor the 88 American lives cut short by gun violence every day, plus the countless survivors forever altered by shootings each year,” the Mets said in a press release.
To their credit, Gee says there’s no static between him and the Mets.
“I don’t see why it would be an issue. I don’t care what they support or their views on a particular subject,” Gee said. “I’ll just not be involved if it goes against mine. That is all that would have happened if we had not had a miscommunication last week. That may not have been their fault, or maybe they didn’t even know it would be used like that.”
“I’m not pointing fingers,” he added. “Just clearing up that I don’t support the (law) of gun control. I’m still against gun violence, but they are totally different subjects.”