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.
All 18 players for Scrap Yard Fast Pitch cleaning out their lockers and pledging to never play again for the organization, after its general manager bragged to President Trump on Twitter during the game that the team was standing during the national anthem https://t.co/KL5gNWTWPp
— Sherry (@UnitedWeWillWin) June 24, 2020
In addition, many spoke out on social media.
We might be standing in this photo but we SURE AS HELL AREN’T STANDING FOR THIS. I’m embarrassed. I’m heartbroken. I’m DISGUSTED. @ScrapYardFP I will never be associated with your organization again. BLACK LIVES MATTER. The tone deafness on this is UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/5jSNipTFLd
— Haylie McCleney (@hayliemac8) June 23, 2020
Seriously fuming right now😡🤬 @ScrapYardFP you are better than this! Haven’t we been going over this for the last 3 weeks? This is not funny at ALL! Has nothing to do with respecting the flag and ALL to do with respecting ALL Americans in this country regardless of color of skin pic.twitter.com/cdymUwWRsH
— Natasha Watley OLY (@natashawatley29) June 22, 2020
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.”
ICYMI: After being used in a team tweet to push a political agenda, @TexasSoftball legend @catosterman & her teammates took a stand and left the Scrap Yard Dawgs. The Olympic gold medalist and current @USASoftballWNT pitcher shared her thoughts with us on @fox7austin: #HookEm pic.twitter.com/AuZW7SlhNX
— Dennis de la Pena (@dennisonfox7) June 24, 2020
the Scrap Yard Dawgs' (now deleted) tweet was 🤢
— Anne Tokarski (@annetokarski) June 22, 2020
Kiki Stokes, one of the team’s two black players, said she felt “betrayed” before leaving the team.
I am so hurt but Hate and Ignorance will never win. pic.twitter.com/81tV29G4HH
— Kiki Stokes (@KStokes10) June 23, 2020
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.”
Softball is already an underrated sport as it is and to have this racism coming to light during this hard time is not good for such a beautiful game. poor move by the gm of the scrap yard dawgs and much respect to the players taking a stand and quitting.
— Veronica (@Veronica_coboss) June 23, 2020
People online called for the firing of the person responsible for the tweet.
Her self serving tweet, via Scrap Yard Fast Pitch, truly shows who she is! Her personal tweeter account is filled w/ far right garbage. All “PURE WHITE” leaning! If SYFP & NPF want respect, she must removed. She can’t be involved in such a diverse sport.
— Mark5571 (@MarkKwoka) June 23, 2020
The team’s games in Florida have now been postponed until the organization can find players to replace those who have left.
An update on our season: pic.twitter.com/MBt7IbvP9m
— USSSA Pride (@USSSAPride) June 24, 2020
How to lose your business in one tweet. Good for the #ScrapYardDawgs players standing up for what's right and walking away from their team. Hate has no place. I've been a big @CatOsterman and @NatashaWatley29 fan for a long time. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/fIY8y9ZygG
— Michael MPH 🇺🇸 (@PhillyPartTwo) June 24, 2020
Twitter unified behind the quitting players, admiring them for their integrity.
@ScrapYardFP….. To the former players of the Scrap yard dawgs. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! For standing up for what’s right. As the mother of 2 very active, young, BLACK softball players with tears in my eyes, I appreciate you all so very much, ❤️🥎🥎🥎
— Weedy (@Ms_WeedyBaby) June 24, 2020
❤️ SCRAP YARD DAWGS ~ COLOR THEM AWESOME ‼️ https://t.co/TixVJm0Ry6
— GRITS1951 (@GRITS19511) June 25, 2020
There was also a parody post from not President Donald Trump congratulating May on getting the entire team to quit.
I would like to congratulate Scrap Yard Dawgs general manager (a professional female softball team) @TheConnieMay for tweeting to me and thereby making her entire team quit. Great move sweetie. Good luck with your career!
— Donald L. Trump (@LiarGreat) June 25, 2020
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.