MLB umpire apologizes for #MAGA tweet about gun and Trump critics

Umpire Rob Drake this week tweeted "I will be buying an AR-15 tomorrow" and warned of a civil war if the president is impeached.
Rob Drake
Umpire Rob Drake during a game at Nationals Park in Washington.Patrick Semansky / AP file

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By Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Big league umpire Rob Drake has apologized for sending a politicized tweet this week that referenced an assault weapon and criticism of President Donald Trump.

Drake unlocked his Twitter account Thursday and posted several messages to say he was sorry.

A day earlier, before Washington played at Houston in Game 2 of the World Series, commissioner Rob Manfred said Major League Baseball would investigate Drake’s comments.

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Drake posted this message to Twitter on Tuesday: “I will be buying an AR-15 tomorrow, because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL WAR!!! #MAGA2020”

Drake later deleted the post.

In a series of tweets Thursday, Drake apologized to victims of gun violence, fellow umpires and his family, and acknowledged he had caused a controversy for MLB.

"I never intended to diminish the threat of violence from assault weapons, or violence of any kind,” he said.

"I know that I cannot unsay the words, but please accept my apologies," he said.

The umpires’ union, in a statement Wednesday, said: "Rob is a passionate individual and an outstanding umpire. He chose the wrong way to convey his opinion about our great country."

Drake, 50, has worked spring training or regular-season major league games since 1999 and joined the big league staff in 2010. He was not assigned to work the postseason this year.