Ex-employee Dr. Lorena Martin accuses Mariner’s management team of being racist toward players
SEATTLE, Wash. — Dr. Lorena Martin acquired her position as the Seattle Mariner’s director of high performance about a year ago. Little did she know, she would be terminated after only one season with the team.
According to the Seattle Times, the Mariners general manager, Jerry Dipoto created a position specifically for her to help change and revolutionize the organization’s commitment to training, conditioning and injury prevention to lead to greater success on the field.
When rumors of Martin’s termination began to rise, she took to her Instagram account, sharing accusations at Dipoto, manager Scott Servais and director of player development Andy McKay about racism toward their Latin and Dominican players.
A post shared by Lorena (@lorenahighperformance) on Nov 12, 2018 at 3:27pm PST
The Seattle Times reported that sources indicated that the Mariners were attempting to avoid paying the remaining two years on Martin’s three-year contract with the team for various reasons.
Following Martin’s Instagram post, the Mariner’s tweeted a response to her accusations.
Our statement regarding Dr. Lorena Martin. pic.twitter.com/5RV4AuKxTE
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) November 13, 2018
The idea of Martin working exclusively with the minor league was discussed, but the organization fired her instead.
Dipoto, Servais and McKay have not commented on Martin’s accusations.
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