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Baltimore Protests: Orioles Executive Offers Perspective on 'Lives and Dreams Cut Short'

A baseball executive and a radio personality debate the meaning of protests in Baltimore.
Image: John Angelos
John P. Angelos of the Baltimore Orioles.John Angelos
/ Source: NBC News

When a sports broadcaster said that protesters hurt their own cause by disrupting other people’s lives, a Baltimore Orioles executive responded in a lengthy defense Saturday that “people are suffering and dying around the U.S.”

The exchange happened on Saturday, during protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a spinal cord injury in police custody. Those protests were far less violent than the riots that convulsed the city on Tuesday.

That night, fans at the Orioles game were kept inside the ballpark for their own safety. Brett Hollander, a radio personality from WBAL-AM, posted on Twitter:

The response came from John P. Angelos, the chief operating officer of the Orioles. The inconvenience of some baseball fans, he said, was irrelevant in context: