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MLB’s new media coordinator compared an Muslim NFL rookie to a murder suspect, just because he’s of Palestinian heritage

In what might be one of the more ugh-worthy stories of the week, Jonathan Mael, an employee of Major League Baseball in charge of the league’s new media program, compared Oday Aboushi, a recently-drafted New York Jets player whose parents are Palestinian and who is a Muslim, to Aaron Hernandez, the New England Patriots tight end who was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd. (It’s only one in a series of controversial racially-tinged attacks on Aboushi, the recent subject of an attack piece on Freedom Center, a site owned by noted anti-Muslim critic David Horowitz.) When Mael’s tweet was noticed by the public, a number of critics spoke up, notably at The Nation, The Electronic Intifada and The Daily Beast. Mael is a former intern for AIPAC, a lobbying group that supports pro-Israel policies; he apologized for his comment a short while ago, but it’s unclear if he will face further discipline.