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Nats GM Mike Rizzo: Firing coffee-throwing staffer an easy decision

A Washington Nationals employee was recently caught on surveillance throwing cups of coffee at a convenience store worker in the Dominican Republic, and Mike Rizzo has made it clear firing him was a no-brainer.

Footage surfaced last week of Jazhiel Morel, who was serving as an administrator in the Nationals’ Dominican operations, confronting the woman at the counter.

The nature of the dispute is unclear, but Morel ultimately threw two cups believed to contain hot coffee in her face before dropping the two empty cups and walking out of the store.

The Nationals immediately terminated Morel, and Rizzo unsurprisingly said this week during an appearance D.C.’s 106.7 “Sports Junkies” radio show that the decision was an easy one.

“That wasn’t such a difficult maneuver to make,” Rizzo said, as transcribed by NBC Sports Washington. “It’s something that was unacceptable in life in general but it’s certainly unacceptable to be a Washington National employee and act towards women that way and act toward people in general that way. So that wasn’t so difficult.” 

Green has been a staffer at the Nationals’ Dominican Academy since 2017, starting as a video intern, then an administrative assistant. He was promoted to his most recent role as administrator in November 2019.

Morel turned himself into authorities on Monday morning, according to TMZ Sports, and an investigation into the incident is underway. Officials have since indicated Morel’s actions could be constituted as “a punishable act of violence.”

The victim in the incident is believed to be on medical leave, according to reports.