Mo'ne Davis, heroine of the Little League World Series, said the college baseball player who was dismissed from his team for posting an offensive tweet about her should get a second chance at playing.
Bloomsburg (Pennsylvania) University's Joey Casselberry, a junior first baseman, was thrown off the team after tweeting: "Disney is making a movie about Mo'ne Davis? WHAT A JOKE. That sl-- got rocked by Nevada."
Davis told "SportsCenter" on Monday that she wrote an email to the school asking officials to reinstate Casselberry.
"It hurt on my part, but he hurt even more. If it was me, I would want to take that back. I know how hard he's worked. Why not give him a second chance?" Mo'ne Davis, referring to Joey Casselberry's derogatory tweet and subsequent dismissal from team
"Everyone makes mistakes," Davis said. "Everyone deserves a second chance. I know he didn't mean it in that type of way. I know people get tired of seeing me on TV. But sometimes you got to think about what you're doing before you do it.
"It hurt on my part, but he hurt even more. If it was me, I would want to take that back. I know how hard he's worked. Why not give him a second chance?"
The university released a statement to the media Monday confirming that Davis had reached out.
"Her request demonstrates the type of person she is, her level of maturity and the empathy that her family and coach teach her," its statement read. "Bloomsburg University stands firm on our decision; however, his consequences will be reviewed as is common in disciplinary actions like this."
Davis, from Philadelphia, was the first girl to earn a win and pitch a shutout in the LLWS last summer. She also appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Last week the Disney Channel said development is underway on the biographical film titled "Throw Like Mo."
Information from The Associated Press was included in this report.