Pro Softball Players Quit After Manager Brags To Trump About Her Team Standing For The National Anthem

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According to a New York Times report, all 18 members of the Florida Scrap Yard Dawgs have quit the famed softball team after their general manager tweeted a picture of the team standing during the national anthem.

The tweet tagged President Donald Trump and included the caption:

“Everyone respecting the FLAG!“


Many members of the Scrap Yard Dawgs, 11 of whom will be competing with the 2021 U.S. Olympic team, were outraged by the tweet. The original tweet, which has since been deleted, seemed to suggest the Scrap Yard Dawgs oppose athletes who kneel during the National Anthem to protest police brutality.

This lead the players to quit the team.

In addition, many spoke out on social media.

Cat Osterman, pitcher and two-time Olympic gold medalist, told The New York Times:

“We were used as pawns in a political post, and that’s not OK.”

Kiki Stokes, one of the team’s two black players, said she felt “betrayed” before leaving the team.

Kelsey Stewart, the Dawg’s other Black player, wrote of the team’s manager:

“I never really thought that she didn’t care about my life or Kiki’s life until that post.”

People online called for the firing of the person responsible for the tweet.

The team’s games in Florida have now been postponed until the organization can find players to replace those who have left.

Twitter unified behind the quitting players, admiring them for their integrity.

There was also a parody post from not President Donald Trump congratulating May on getting the entire team to quit.

The Scrap Yard Dawgs, like many athletes all over the world, want it made clear they’re on the right side of history, even if it means they don’t get to play the game they love.

Collin Gossel

Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--