Mariners accused of racism by ex-director of high performance; team denies 'outrageous' allegations

A recently dismissed Mariners team employee has levied allegations of racial discrimination against the team's leadership, specifically general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Scott Servais. She even said they attempted to keep her quiet. 

Lorena Martin was the Mariners' director of high performance, the first woman in MLB to hold such a position. She was fired in October and then spoke out against the club Monday via social media. Martin said that Dipoto, Servais and director of player development Andy McKay referred to Latino players as "lazy, dumb and stupid." Martin also wrote the team was "firing innocent trainers for trying to do the right thing and because of their color/race."

Also replying to a Mariners beat writer, she said this: 

Shortly after Martin made her comments public, the Mariners released a statement denying the allegations. The team called the comments "outrageous and false."

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced it would investigate Martin's claims.

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