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The Mets were in full damage control this morning, beginning with Paul Lo Duca making a passionate clarification of his comments from the night before. When Lo Duca said “some of these guys speak English, believe me,” he acknowledged the portrayal was he was a racist.
Willie Randolph was thrown by the word “racist.”
“Let’s talk about what he is, and he’s not,” said Randolph, who spoke with Lo Duca and satisfied with what the catcher meant.
Lo Duca said he wasn’t calling out the Latin players on the Mets, and meant it that he wasn’t the only guy in the clubhouse who speaks English”I don’t have a problem with Paulie,” said Jose Valentin, who heard Lo Duca’s comments. “Nobody in here has a problem with Paulie.”
Carlos Delgado said: “I don’t find (Lo Duca’s comments) offensive.”