“We have all said we are walking away from Scrap Yard and will not wear Scrap Yard uniforms,” Osterman said in a report Tuesday morning by the Houston Chronicle. A message left at the Scrap Yard Sports office in Conroe, Texas, was not returned. "As an organization, we do not condone this tweet nor do we support the intended goal of its sender — an individual who is not authorized to speak on behalf of USSSA in any capacity. The tweet on Monday, though, struck a raw nerve. By midnight, several players said they would quit on the spot since GM Connie May's comments blindsided them. The tweet apparently was sent during the anthem before the game between the Dawgs and USSSA Pride at the Viera Space Coast Sports Complex. ", Outfielder Haylie McCleney, of Morris, Alabama, who was set to play in the Olympics in Tokyo, condemned the photo on Twitter: "We might be standing in this photo but we SURE AS HELL AREN’T STANDING FOR THIS. I am disgusted ... as a BLACK softball player I DO NOT ... DO NOT stand with a statement like this... if you didn’t understand racism and what was going on the last month. ", Teammate Kelsey Stewart posted two black slides, one that read: "This isn't us." “We were used as pawns in a political post, and that’s not OK.”. May and Scrap Yard Fast Pitch did not respond to requests for comment. The tweet was quickly deleted, apparently after it had drawn backlash online. Watley tweeted Monday night, "Seriously fuming right now @ScrapYardFP you are better than this! BLACK LIVES MATTER. Part of her tweet on May's comments read: "This statement is NOT a representation of my values. Kiki Stokes, right, before a game in 2016. its general manager bragged to President Trump on Twitter. I kneel with all my friends, teammates and any person of color. This is not funny at ALL! Support our work by subscribing to FLORIDA TODAY. Pro softball's return from COVID-19 a big hit for Olympians like Monica Abbott, fans alike, Game on: Olympic softball stars in Viera mark return of team sports as USSSA Pride takes the field. The USSSA Pride and Scrap Yard Fast Pitch, two independent professional softball teams that feature some of the top players in the world, began what was supposed to be a seven-game series in Melbourne, Fla., facing little competition from other live sports. Other players on the Dawgs responded likewise. As an organization that promotes inclusiveness and unity through sport, USA Softball will continue to use softball to bring people together.". The Pride and Dawgs, considered to be the best pro teams in the world, were scheduled to resume the seven-game series Wednesday night, but now that is in question. "Further, the implication that the USSSA Pride does not support its athletes’ freedom of expression both on and off-the-field is categorically untrue. BLACK LIVES MATTER. I’m DISGUSTED. Osterman, 37, who has a banner with her retired number hanging on the outfield fence at the Pride's main softball field in Viera, came out of retirement a year ago. And Monica Abbott, 34, considered the greatest pitcher in the world, also chimed in with her official statement: "I kneel. The tweet, sent from the team’s official account by Connie May, the team’s general manager, said: “Hey @realDonaldTrump Pro Fastpitch being played live … Octavio Jones/Tampa Bay Times, via Associated Press. “For now, we’re 15 or 16 girls and coaches who don’t have an organization. "Sadly, both the nature and the objective of this message are incredibly damaging and disrespectful to athletes, fans, and the community as a whole. This .. Keep that same energy. And this is not acceptable. This is EXACTLY what we’ve been trying to change. It’s a slap in the face to the strong black women in our game and to the progress we have made in our sport. Miami native Kylan Becker, the Dawgs' leadoff hitter Monday night, echoed sentiments shared by several of her teammates. I’m embarrassed. Osterman, who pitched a scoreless sixth inning Monday night for the Dawgs, told the Houston Chronicle that players planned to meet Tuesday afternoon to decide how to proceed. Cat Osterman warming up before a Team USA game in February. The return of pro softball Monday night in Viera, Florida, marked the comeback of the first pro sports teams to play a game since the COVID-19 shutdown. ", Tuesday afternoon, USA Softball issued its statement on Twitter: "USA Softball fully supports all National Team members, both past and present, and their right to express their beliefs. ", We might be standing in this photo but we SURE AS HELL AREN’T STANDING FOR THIS. Most Scrap Yard players are white, but Stewart said they still forcefully challenged May’s comments both directly and on social media. BLACK LIVES MATTER. Chamberlain later tweeted a picture of the tweet and shared it with her followers, "Because the tweet has since been deleted... and the tweet author herself just texted me personally trying to justify her reasoning... here we go. pic.twitter.com/81tV29G4HH, Softball walk out, Publix COVID-19 and Coronavirus in Brevard: NI90, FLORIDA TODAY's Rob Landers brings you some of today's top stories on the News in 90 Seconds for June 23. Osterman and other players quit a professional team this week after its general manager politicized a picture of them during the national anthem. It was not the first time that May’s politics had been a topic of discussion among the team, which is made up of 18 women ranging in age from 22 to 37.

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