PHOENIX — On Tuesday, the Mets sent out a picture of their entire team wearing orange T-shirts and touting themselves as the “first professional sports franchise to participate in today’s first annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day.”
It turns out not everyone was on board, and Dillon Gee wanted to make sure he was honest about his views. The right-hander tweeted Wednesday night a link to an article citing the team’s picture being used to support of gun-control advocacy groups, particularly one founded by former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, and laws and expressed his disagreement.
An avid hunter and outdoorsman, Gee told the News Thursday he was not pointing fingers. He said there was a “miscommunication” on how the picture would be used and he used Twitter to make sure that his views on the subject were clear.
“I don’t have a whole lot to say, because I don’t want to argue the issue, that wasn’t my intent,” Gee told the News. “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.”
Gun enthusiast Dillon Gee inadvertently supports the Mets’ gun control initiative, a mistake he passes off as a ‘miscommunication.’
A Mets spokesperson said the team understands that they have 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 Americans lives cut short by gun violence every day, plus the countless survivors forever altered by shootings each year,” the Mets said in a release on their daily game notes.
Thursday the spokesperson said the team did not wish to speak for or limit Gee’s rights to his own beliefs. For his part, Gee said it s not an issue 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 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,” Gee continued. “That may not have been their fault, or maybe they didn’t even know it would be used like that in that article.
“So I’m not pointing fingers. Just clearing up that I don’t support the (law) of gun control,” Gee said. “I’m still against gun violence. But they are totally different subjects”
Wednesday night, Gee tweeted:
@MetsFanInPhilly was told it was in support of raising awareness for gun violence. I don’t support senseless gun violence. That’s all.
— Dillon Gee (@DillonGee35) June 3, 2015
“this is not why i put on that shirt this day. I in no way support bloomberg/Morgan or gun control.”
When asked by a follower why he participated, Gee responded, “I was told it was in support of raising awareness for gun violence. I don’t support senseless gun violence. That’s all.”
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