Several members of a Houston-area professional softball team slammed the organization earlier this week after an insensitive and offensive tweet was sent out from the team’s official account during a game.
The ScrapYard Dawgs, an independent professional softball team, kicked off a seven-game series against the USSSA Pride at Space Coast Stadium in Florida when a tweet was sent out from its official account that showed a picture of the whole team standing for the national anthem.
The tweet tagged President Trump and stated how everyone would be “respecting the flag” by standing during the anthem.
“Hey [Donald Trump] pro fastpitch being played live,” the team tweeted with the picture. “Everyone respecting the FLAG!”
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Players from Scrap Yard Fast Pitch saw the tweet and promptly pledged to “never be associated with (the) organization again.”
All 18 of the team’s players to quit mid-series.
“The players spent an hour discussing the issue in the locker room, and decided that they could no longer play under the Scrap Yard name. “The more we talked about it, the angrier I got, and I finally just said, ‘I’m done, I’m not going to wear this jersey,’” pitcher Cat Osterman said. “We were used as pawns in a political post, and that’s not OK.”
Cat Osterman is another member of the team and she said of the tweet, “The more we talked about it, the angrier I got, and I finally just said, ‘I’m done, I’m not going to wear this jersey. We were used as pawns in a political post, and that’s not OK.”