A baseball team, patriotism, Ocasio-Cortez and an apology: Here's what happened
The Fresno Grizzlies minor league baseball team played at Memorial Day video on its scoreboard May 27, 2019, and later apologized for equating Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with Kim Jung-un and Fidel Castro.
The Fresno Grizzlies minor league baseball team played at Memorial Day video on May 27, 2019, and later apologized for equating Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with Kim Jung-un and Fidel Castro.
The Fresno Grizzlies announced Wednesday that the baseball club has reprimanded the employee responsible for selecting a video shown at Chukchansi Park on Memorial Day that compared Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to dictators Fidel Castro and Kim Jong-un.
The organization apologized again for showing the video, what they called a "grievous error."
Derek Franks, president of the minor league team, said a thorough internal investigation was conducted and that the videos use was an error of negligence
Franks said the unnamed employee wasn't trying to promote a political ideology and that their organization chose to move this way "because of the person's standing in the organization."
Franks said he couldn't comment
Frank's said he and that employee shared the same "shock and horror" as many in the public when they saw a photo of Ocasio-Corte shown following audio from former President Ronald Reagan
Franks said the incident also prompted a review of the Grizzlies' operating practices regarding content.
The Grizzlies, The Triple-A Affiliate of the Washington Nationals, faced national scrutiny over the mistake. Washington Post sports columnist Thomas Boswell wrote a column Wednesday with the headline, "If Fresno Grizzlies don't fire someone for Ocasio-Cortez video, the Nationals must."
Ocasio-Cortez responded Tuesday by retweeting a Fresno Bee reporter's initial tweet reporting the incident . She included a message that read, part: "What people don't (maybe do) realize is when orgs do these hateful messages, my life changes or the flood of death threats they inspire."
Franks said the Fresno Grizzlies "failed miserably" by running the video and that's working to " rebuild the community's trust, one day at a time "but it won't be easy.
Franks said the video was selected in error because another almost identical version had been used previously. He said the employee who found it on YouTube watched the new, edited version for only about two minutes, which was before the photo of Ocasio-Cortez was shown.
The Fresno Grizzlies latest statement ends this way: "We fully acknowledge that nothing we say that this point can take back the harm and pain that this has caused. Fresno Bee