Between games of a Memorial Day doubleheader, minor league team the Fresno Grizzlies aired what was supposed to be a moving tribute to fallen soldiers, a speech by the late President Ronald Reagan on sacrifice and courage in the name of duty.
But as Reagan’s voice mentioned “enemies of freedom,” the video tucked present-day figures, including U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) between images of North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un and the late Fidel Castro of Cuba.
The Grizzlies offered up an apology shortly after the incident, expressing regret for the “misleading and offensive editing, which made a statement that was not our intent and certainly not our opinion.”
“We’re embarrassed we allowed this video to play without seeing it in its entirety first,” the team added. “We unconditionally apologize to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez in addition to our fans, community and those we hurt. It was a mistake and we will ensure that nothing like it ever happens again.”
We’re embarrassed we allowed this video to play without seeing it in its entirety first. We unconditionally apologize to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) in addition to our fans, community and those we hurt. It was a mistake and we will ensure that nothing like it ever happens again.
— Fresno Grizzlies (@FresnoGrizzlies) May 28, 2019
Politics and sports should never mix.
Especially while trying to enjoy a ballgame.
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