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Ex-Rays reliever Sean Gilmartin in a White House mess

Gilmartin violated mask-wearing rules while visiting wife Kayleigh McEnany at work Wednesday.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a briefing at the White House, Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a briefing at the White House, Wednesday in Washington, D.C. [ EVAN VUCCI | AP ]
Published Dec. 2, 2020
Updated Dec. 2, 2020

Former Rays reliever Sean Gilmartin made another appearance that didn’t end well Wednesday.

Gilmartin went to see his wife, White House Press Secretary and Tampa native Kayleigh McEnany, at work and was called out by a photographer at the end of McEnany’s briefing for violating the rule requiring masks to be worn.

Here is the full account of the incident from the White House press pool report, as compiled (and updated) by Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade:

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“Kayleigh McEnany’s husband, Sean Gilmartin, was present during the news briefing and in the rear of the briefing room and maskless. Nearby was a reporter with First Class Fatherhood, who was not part of the COVID-approved rotation, and at the end of the briefing (the reporter) shouted out, ‘You crushed it, Kayleigh!’

New York Times photographer Doug Mills politely pointed out to Gilmartin rules requiring masks be worn in White House press areas. A White House staffer who was with Gilmartin said incredulously, ‘Kayleigh’s husband?’ The staffer and Gilmartin exited together as Mills restated the mask rules and said it doesn’t matter who he is.

“Mills later confirmed to pool Gilmartin was maskless for the entirety of the briefing and (Mills) was unaware of Gilmartin’s identity when pointing out the rules.”

Gilmartin pitched in two August games for the Rays during the 2020 season, posting an 8.31 ERA. He was dropped from and re-added to the roster several times and was a member of the 40-player pool for the postseason but not active for any of the playoff or World Series games. He was dropped again from the roster following the season and elected to enter free agency.

Gilmartin and McEnany told the Tampa Bay Times this past spring the couple mostly keeps their careers separate, though Gilmartin did appear on stage with his wife, holding their daughter, Blake, during President Donald Trump’s Oct. 29 rally in Tampa.

McEnany tested positive for COVID-19 in early October, but the Rays were not concerned of any spread to the team as Gilmartin had been in quarantine with the rest of the players in St. Petersburg and San Diego.

Rays pitcher Sean Gilmartin joins White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and President Donald Trump on stage at a re-election rally outside Raymond James Stadium  in Tampa on Thursday, October 29, 2020.
Rays pitcher Sean Gilmartin joins White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and President Donald Trump on stage at a re-election rally outside Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Thursday, October 29, 2020. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]