A minor league baseball team has apologized to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) after playing a Memorial Day tribute video showing her as an example of America’s “enemies of freedom.”
What are the details?
During a doubleheader Monday night, the Fresno Grizzlies aired a clip between games at Chukchansi Park that showed a series of images set to a patriotic speech given by the late President Ronald Reagan. The congresswoman’s picture was included in a part where Reagan speaks of the “enemies of freedom,” sandwiched between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and deceased Cuban communist leader Fidel Castro.
The other images in the “enemies of freedom” portion showed Antifa activists.
Reagan – Memorial Day Tribute – We are Americans
The Grizzlies — a Class AAA team affiliated with the Washington Nationals — issued a statement apologizing to their fans, the community, and past and current service members afterward, saying that “unfortunately what was supposed to be a moving tribute ended with some misleading and offensive editing, which made a statement that was not our intent and certainly not our opinion.”
The club also apologized to Ocasio-Cortez directly, saying on Twitter, “We’re embarrassed we allowed this video to play without seeing it in its entirety first. We unconditionally apologize to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez in addition to our fans, community and those we hurt.”
Grizzlies spokesman Paul Braverman told USA Today that the employee who chose the video has been identified and is remorseful for selecting it to be broadcast at Chukchansi. Still, Braverman said the club will likely not play clips pulled from the internet in the future out of “an abundance of caution.”