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Orioles take issue with Scott's comments

Orioles take issue with Scott's comments

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Orioles designated hitter Luke Scott made some headlines with his comments to Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings.

Scott, who lives about an hour from the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort, stopped by to meet with his agent, and in an interview with Yahoo!, Scott said that President Barack Obama "does not represent America. Nor does he represent anything what our forefathers stood for."

When the website asked Scott if he believed Obama was born in the United States, Scott said he didn't believe so.

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The Orioles released a statement on Wednesday afternoon regarding Scott's comments.

"Luke Scott's comments do not reflect the opinion of the Baltimore Orioles organization," said communications director Greg Bader in an e-mail on behalf of the organization. "The fact is that Barack Obama is our President, duly elected by the people of the United States. End of story."

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said although the organization would prefer Scott would keep his comments to baseball-related matters, he didn't agree with handing Scott a fine or any other form of punishment.

"The Orioles have a statement which I think accurately reflects our opinion," MacPhail said. "It might be a product of my liberal education, but I just don't know if that's a finable offense."

"He was not born here," Scott is quoted as saying. "That's my belief. I was born here. If someone accuses me of not being born here, I can go -- within 10 minutes -- to my filing cabinet and I can pick up my real birth certificate and I can go, 'See? Look! Here it is. Here it is.' The man has dodged everything. He dodges questions, he doesn't answer anything. And why? Because he's hiding something.

"You know what? People who have bad intentions, people that are deceivers or are not of honor and integrity -- that's how they act. I've seen it in every -- it doesn't matter what level. It can be in politics, it can be in business, it can be in sports, it can be in the construction field. Doesn't matter. It's all the same attitude. It's the same thing."

Teammate Adam Jones voiced his support of Scott on Twitter, but like the Orioles, he maintained that he did not endorse what was said.

"Whatever comments Luke Scott made were made by him," Jones tweeted. "I'm his teammate and friend. Besides that, we have different views, so that's that."

Scott, who is arbitration-eligible, is coming off an impressive 2010 campaign in which he hit .284 with a career-high 27 homers and 72 RBIs. He was also named the Most Valuable Oriole by the local media.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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