The Major League Baseball Umpires Association — which reps MLB umpires — released a statement addressing Drake’s Tweet.
Freedom Fighter Radio stands with American Patriot Rob Drake and will go on record publicly and state that we share the same attitude
“The #MLBUA is aware of Rob Drake’s posting on social media earlier today.”
“Rob is a passionate individual and an outstanding umpire. He chose the wrong way to convey his opinion about our great country. His posting does not represent the view of the MLBUA or reflect those of the umpires we represent.”
“The MLBUA supports all of the umpires who ensure fair play in the greatest game on earth. We are a group of individuals with diverse opinions and beliefs, united in our desire to continue our excellence officiating MLB games.”
“I will be buying an AR-15 tomorrow, because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL WAR!!! #MAGA2020”
This is what MLB umpire Rob Drake‘s Twitter account posted and quickly deleted on Tuesday night, according to ESPN … and now the league has launched an investigation into the situation.
Drake — who has been outspoken over his frustrations with the House of Representatives impeachment proceedings with President Trump — has since deactivated his Twitter account.
Before tweeting his plans to buy the assault rifle, Drake also said “You can’t do an impeachment inquiry from the basement of Capital Hill without even a vote! What is going on in this country?” earlier in the day.
FYI — Drake umped his first MLB game in 1999 and joined the league’s full-time staff in 2010. He’s been involved in many major events including the All-Star Game and playoffs, although he is not on the current postseason roster.
It’s important to note — Drake didn’t break any laws with what he said, but clearly the tweet is concerning enough from a PR standpoint that the league wants to get in front of it.