Jays’ Manoah defends teammate Alejandro Kirk against ‘fat-shaming’ critic


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If there’s anyone supporting Blue Jays receiver Alejandro Kirk, it’s teammate Alek Manoah.

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On Wednesday, Manoah came to Kirk’s defense after the latter was criticized by Matthew Ross, a Montreal-based radio personality who called Kirk’s base management “embarrassing” for baseball.

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The uproar began after the Blue Jays shared a tweet with a video of Kirk running the bases during Tuesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Ross apparently wasn’t a fan of the video.

“It’s cute and all, but also embarrassing for the sport,” Ross said in a now-deleted tweet. “Giving importance to guys like that fuels negative stereotypes.”

As many Jays fans tweeted the radio host for a body-shaming statement, Manoah stepped in to defend his teammate.

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“Go ahead and tell this 8 year old who is 10 pounds over he should stop now,” Manoah tweeted. “Just step away from the keyboard and let KIRK inspire these kids to keep chasing their dreams and striving for greatness.”

In another deleted tweet, Ross replied to Manoah, “When a professional baseball player takes your words and twists them to fit his simple, defamatory account of you.

“The big shame? It’s crazy. I questioned the lens of a PRO player and how that fuels the waning view that casual fans have of MLB. PERIOD.”

Manoah didn’t like Ross’ response.

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So now you’re saying attendance is down because too many big players are playing the sport? So let me ask you, why did he get millions of votes to start the All Star Game? And what’s narrow is your nose, you should probably fix it. Your grades are down because of this,” Manoah tweeted.

Apparently the negative comments got to Ross. At first, he tried to protect himself from the backlash by locking down his Twitter account, but ended up deleting it completely.

Ross hosts Weekend Game Plan on TSN Radio 690 in Montreal.

According to his now-deleted Twitter bio, Ross is also the founder of the nonprofit organization ExposNation.

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