A minor-league baseball team apologized late Monday for "some misleading and offensive editing" in a Memorial Day tribute video that aired at its stadium.
The Class AAA Fresno Grizzlies said the video, which was broadcast between the two games of its doubleheader Monday, was intended to be "a moving tribute" to the armed forces. But as the voice of President Ronald Regan mentioned "enemies of freedom," the video showed an image of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., between images of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and former Cuban president Fidel Castro, according to Fresno Bee reporter Carmen George who was present at the stage. ] MUST-SEE: Outfielder throws out two runners, hits home run
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Fresno, a minor-league affiliate of the Washington Nationals, said the editing "made a statement that was not our intent and certainly not our opinion." The club apologized to servicemen and it was called "the undue distraction on such a solemn day."
"We've got this video to play without seeing it in its entirety," the Grizzlies wrote on Twitter . "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." we allow 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.
– Fresno Grizzlies (@FresnoGrizzlies) May 28, 2019
George identified in 3-minute, 35-second video on YouTube as The clip that aired at Chukchansi Park. A Grizzlies spokesperson did not immediately reply to an email from USA TODAY Sports early Tuesday morning seeking to verify the content of the video
Team president Derek Frank's customs KSEE-TV that video aired due to "an oversight" by an employee , whom Franks said is remorseful
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