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


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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