Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie made headlines during his team’s recent American League Championship Series matchup with the Baltimore Orioles, but not for his play on the field.
Guthrie stirred controversy following the Royals’ Game 3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Oct. 14. Guthrie wore a shirt that read “These O’s Ain’t Royal” in a post-game press conference. The shirt was a play on the title of a popular song by R&B singer Chris Brown, “These Girls Ain’t Loyal.”
Some found the shirt humorous, but many Baltimore fans took the slight to heart; Guthrie played for the Orioles from 2007 to 2011, and was very popular in Baltimore during that time.
The following day, Guthrie went to Twitter to apologize to his fans.
“My intention was not to anger O’s fans or friends w/my shirt 2night. I apologize to those offended. Did not consider this reaction. Go Royals,” Guthrie tweeted.
At a subsequent press conference, Guthrie further expressed his regret for his action.
“I came in here with no intention of inciting anything,” Guthrie said at the press conference. “It’s a shirt that I received yesterday. We get a number of things from the fans. Unfortunately for me I used a lack of judgment in putting that shirt on after the game. Never changed, came in here and wore it.”
“What ensued was not what I intended,” he said. “There was no intention to call the attention to the other team, friends, and former teammates, certainly not the organization and most definitely not their fans.”
“There’s been a comment on what it refers to, which for the most part I’m pretty unaware,” Guthrie told ESPN. “I know there’s a rhyme and that’s where the shirt came from. That’s what looked to me, ‘clever.’ And unfortunately, clever is not a good situation here. So I wanted to apologize.”
Guthrie said he intended to throw the shirt away. The Royals swept the Orioles in the series with a Game 4 win on Oct. 15.