Cubs Family Patriarch Apologizes For Racist Emails

Tom Ricketts stressed his father's ugly emails aren't reflective of the Cubs' values.

February 05, 2019 - 10:16 am
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CHICAGO (AP) — The patriarch of the family behind the Chicago Cubs has apologized after an online media outlet published emails in which he took part in racist comments and conspiracy theories.

Some of the emails Splinter News published Monday featured Joe Ricketts making Islamophobic comments, such as "Islam is a cult and not a religion." Others included conspiracies about former President Barack Obama's birthplace and education.

Ricketts, who founded TD Ameritrade, apologized for the emails, saying he believes "bigoted ideas are wrong."

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts issued a separate statement saying his father's emails don't reflect the values of the organization and highlighting that his father isn't involved in the Cubs' operations.

Joe Ricketts sold 34 million shares of TD Ameritrade to help purchase the Cubs in 2009.

On Monday morning, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement blasting Joe Ricketts.

"Joe Ricketts once said that I do not share his values," Emanuel said. "Truer words were never spoken. The ignorance and intolerance he has espoused are not welcome in Chicago. Those are not the values I learned from my parents, and those are not the values Amy and I have instilled in our children. Joe Ricketts should consider himself lucky he has never met my mother. She would teach him a lesson. I am proud not to share his bigoted opinions. Hate has no home in Chicago."

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