Last December, Orioles outfielder Luke Scott made headlines by saying he did not believe that President Barack Obama was born in America. Last week, after the White House released the president's birth certificate, Scott was the target of a barrage of boos and jeers from the Chicago crowd … but he's still not convinced the document is real.
"[Obama's] birth certificate has yet to be validated," Scott told The Kansas City Star's Sam Mellinger on Tuesday. "If they can counterfeit $100 bills, I think it's a million times easier to counterfeit a birth certificate, if you ask me. So, all it is, let's just see if it's real. Anybody can produce a document, so let's check it out."
Scott, 32, is a native of Florida. He played college baseball at Oklahoma State University and spent the summer of 2000 playing for the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
"We all have that responsibility as Americans," he told Mellinger. "Whatever platform you have, large or small, fight for what's right. Fight for what's right and fight for the principles of honor, integrity, accountability, being a person. Responsible. Hard work. Discipline. Honesty. Things like that, try and pass those principles on to the next generation. Be a voice for that.
"Maybe being a baseball player and having a little bigger platform than the next [person], then my responsibility should be to stand up for those principles," he added. "If I was in construction or working in an office I should stand up for those principles as well."
Mellinger said an Orioles employee stressed that Scott does not speak on behalf of the organization, and that the team has asked Scott to only talk to reporters about baseball.