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Orioles disavow Scott's 'birther' comments

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Orioles disavow Scott's 'birther' comments
Luke Scott of the Baltimore Orioles points to the sky after he singled during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, May 21, 2010. UPI/Alexis C. Glenn | License Photo

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The Baltimore Orioles Wednesday disavowed comments made by designated hitter Luke Scott alleging President Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States.

Scott, in an interview with Yahoo! Sports at baseball's annual winter meetings, said Obama "does not represent America" and that "he was not born here," echoing the beliefs of the conservative group known as "birthers."

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"Luke Scott's comments do not reflect the opinion of the Baltimore Orioles organization," Orioles Communications Director Greg Bader said in an e-mail to MLB.com. "The fact is that Barack Obama is our president, duly elected by the people of the United States. End of story."

In the interview, Scott told Yahoo! Obama does not represent "anything what our forefathers stood for."

"The man has dodged everything," Scott said. "He dodges questions, he doesn't answer anything. And why? Because he's hiding something."

Scott is coming off a breakout season in which he hit .284 with a career-high 27 homers and 72 RBI for the Orioles.

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