Jackson chastises MLB for 'ill-contrived questions' in background checks

Updated: January 31, 2008, 1:43 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Jesse Jackson criticized Major League Baseball on Thursday for sending investigators to the hometowns of umpires to ask neighbors questions that include whether the umpire belongs to the Ku Klux Klan.

"Major League Baseball has done a disservice to its progressive social history by equating southern whites with white supremacists," Jackson said in a statement. "I am surprised the professional league which helped change social attitudes in all sports leagues about segregation, ...

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