Mo'ne Davis responds to her online bully in the best way possible, is an inspiration to us all
Many of you know Mo’ne Davis as the baseball phenom: she, along with one other girl, played in the 2014 Little League World Series, and Mo’ne was the first and only girl to ever pitch a shutout game. As the first Black girl to play in the Little League World Series, Mo’ne is an inspiration for all young girls from all different backgrounds who have a passion for sports. She’s also a major inspiration for any girl who was ever told she’d never be as good as the boys —Davis is beyond remarkable. And apparently, Disney agreed: Last week, the Disney Channel announced they would create a movie based on Mo’Ne Davis’ life called Throw Like Mo. So. Awesome.
However, not all were so psyched about it. Joey Casselberry, a baseball player for Bloomsburg University, took to Twitter to voice his opinion on the matter. And the opinion wasn’t OK: Casselberry proceeded to call the movie a “joke” and the 13-year-old a “slut.” Not only is calling the film idea a “joke” super mean, but calling the female baseball player a “slut” is downright misogynistic and offensive. Bloomsburg University responded by kicking Casselberry off the baseball team, and rightfully so. Casselberry publicly apologized, but the damage was done —he’s definitely not welcome back on the team.
Instead of answering with anger and defensiveness (which would be totally understandable) Mo’ne’s response to Casselberry’s hurtful words were incredibly forgiving and mature. In an act that shows that Davis is as wise as she is talented, Mo’ne contacted the university and asked them to reinstate Casselberry. Said Davis:
While the Bloomsburg University baseball team has declined her request, this one act shows just what type of person Mo’ne Davis is (even though we already knew she’s an incredibly compassionate, brilliant young woman). This 13-year-old’s ability to forgive a person who insulted her on such a huge, public platform, shows others how to handle haters and jerks in a really admirable way. Mo’ne Davis’ poise, rationality, and willingness to forgive should serve as a reminder that revenge might not be the right answer. Sometimes all you need to do is reciprocate with a little act of kindness. Because kindness goes a long, long way.