Another pro sports franchise is doing damage control over racist statements. This time it's the Chicago Cubs

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February 7, 2019

The billionaire patriarch whose family owns the Chicago Cubs and iconic Wrigley Field this week joined a long, infamous list of people connected to sports franchises who stirred controversy with ignorant and racist statements. 

Joe Ricketts, 77, who isn't directly involved with team operations, was the subject of a Splinter News story that revealed old emails in which he expressed fear of Muslims and shared racist jokes. "Christians and Jews can have a mutual respect for each other to create a civil society. As you know, Islam cannot do that," Ricketts, who founded TD Ameritrade, wrote in a 2012 email. "Therefore we cannot ever let Islam become a large part of our society. Muslims are naturally my (our) enemy due to their deep antagonism and bias against non-Muslims."Ricketts' son, team chairman Tom Ricketts, has apologized, saying in a statement "the language and views expressed in those emails have no place in our society." 

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