Cubs Respond After 'Racially Insensitive' Emails Are Leaked

Joe Ricketts

Joe Ricketts

Chicago's mayor on Tuesday condemned the "ignorance and intolerance" in emails written by Joe Ricketts, head of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs baseball team, in which he expresses anti-Muslim sentiment.

"We are aware of the racially insensitive emails in my father's account that were published by an online media outlet", Tom Ricketts wrote in his statement.

How these and previously-released emails came into the possession of Splinter News is unclear, and it makes me uncomfortable not knowing that detail. Ricketts and his wife Marlene made available a portion of the contents of a family trust for the Ricketts children - Tom, Pete, Todd, and Laura - to use to purchase the Chicago Cubs in 2009.

In one message sent in 2010 from Joe Ricketts to his son Pete Ricketts, who sits on the team's board of directors, the billionaire investor flatly divulged his personal thoughts on Islam in an email about Americans and religious freedom while forwarding a story from Snopes.com about prison minister Rick Mathes.

Some of the emails Splinter News published Monday featured Joe Ricketts making Islamophobic comments, such as "Islam is a cult and not a religion".

"My father said he deeply regrets and apologizes for some of the exchanges in his emails", Gov. Pete Ricketts said in an email to The Associated Press.

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The emails range from the kind of dopey but harmless dreck you or your friends may have received from family members six or seven years ago, to the kind of malicious and harmful bile that can not be tolerated by any caring and thinking person.

TD Ameritrade spokeswoman Becky Niiya said the exchanges "reflect points of view that run counter to our values and what we stand for at TD Ameritrade: namely diversity, inclusion and compassion for each other". "I strongly believe that bigoted ideas are wrong". Also, rich people need better hobbies because spending hours reading obvious conspiracy-type crap about Barack Obama and then creating an email chain with your buddies to discuss where Obama really was born seems like a huge waste of time. It would describe many things about Islam but most importantly describe and define where Islam crosses the line from religion to a cult.

Here's Tom Ricketts response to his dad's emails via The Athletic.

Yesterday I was quite hard on Muslims in our conversation so I wanted to send you this information. Several of the emails included short replies to forwarded emails, including one in April 2011 that included the words "great laugh" regarding a joke whose punchline is a racist slur.

"Joe Ricketts once said that I do not share his values". They can say he's not involved and that's true, but he has money in the club. She would teach him a lesson. "Hate has no home in Chicago".

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