Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Updated: May 17, 9:01 AM ET
Mets prospect Milledge used racist terms on new CD
NEW YORK -- Mets prospect Lastings Milledge is in trouble
with the team once again, this time for making a rap CD that uses
foul and offensive language.
The song, "Bend Ya Knees" was on the Web site
www.souljaboirecords.com, the record label the 22-year-old
outfielder founded. Milledge can be heard using a racist term for
blacks and language derogatory to women.
"We don't approve of the lyrics," New York general manager
Omar Minaya said Wednesday.
Minaya said he spoke to Milledge -- currently at Triple-A New
Orleans and on the disabled list -- and conveyed the team's
position. Minaya said no disciplinary action had been taken, but
added that could change.
"We're going to review the conversation and we'll go from
there," he said. "He's understanding why we feel that way."
While the song was removed from the Web site earlier Wednesday,
Minaya said he believed the song was going to be released.
"We can't do anything to prevent its release," he said.
Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon was aware that Minaya
had spoken with Milledge.
"I'm satisfied Omar has done the appropriate thing with that,"
Milledge was 0-for-3 with the Mets before being sent to the
minors on April 13. In his rookie season, he hit .241 with four
home runs and 22 RBIs in 166 at-bats.
Milledge was the Mets' top prospect when he made his major
league debut in the middle of last year. In his first month, he
showed off the talent that made him such a highly regarded rookie,
but also made his share of mistakes on and off the field.
After hitting his first big league homer -- a tying drive with
two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning against San Francisco --
he perturbed players in both dugouts by high-fiving fans along the
railing when he ran out to right field to take his position.
Later, he was reprimanded for not running hard on the bases. He
also arrived late to the clubhouse in Philadelphia for a day game.
Near the end of the season, a pointed sign was posted in his
locker at Washington -- "Know your place, rook. Your teammates,"
Milledge is out of action because of an injured right foot
injury. He isn't expected to be ready to play for at least another
"His focus is to get healthy," Minaya said.
Manager Willie Randolph sidestepped questions about Milledge
before the game against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.
"I don't have any reaction," he said. "I haven't heard much