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Twins confront discrimination complaint

Minnesota TwinsThe Minnesota Twins are in damage-control mode after a security guard reprimanded a lesbian couple for a ballpark kiss; the team has apologized and is looking at changes in its diversity training.

On May 27, Taylor Campione and Kelsi Culpepper attended the Twins-Angels game at Target Field. After a quick kiss on the concourse, Campione was confronted by a security guard who told her “we don’t play grab ass here” and that fans must adhere to the 10 Commandments at the ballpark. Campione, understandably, was outraged by the guard’s statements and asked to see his superior. (Not quite sure what commandment the pair was breaking; the Twins, of course, regularly break two by playing Sunday games and stealing bases.) 

The Twins probably took too long to react, waiting three weeks to apologize to the pair and informing them that the security guard, a part-timer, has been reprimanded. In addition, Kevin Smith and other Twins staffers will meet with the pair Wednesday to get their input on what more can be done. More training for staffers will probably be on the docket, as well as a ballpark zero-tolerance policy.


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