It’s amazing to see everyone come together the way they did, with the immediacy that they had.”, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. May, whose name is no longer listed on the USSSA baseball website where she is their Houston ambassador, sent the insensitive tweet at the start … Triple Crown Sports says it will play its July 1-5 tournament elsewhere in the Houston area. Members of a pro softball team quit this week in Florida after the general manager tweeted a photo to President Donald Trump bragging that the team was standing for the national anthem. Attempts to reach Scrap Yard and May this week were unsuccessful. And Dawgs coach Mike Steuerwald said the situation “probably severed the relationship between ownership and the front office and myself.”. The tone deafness on this is UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!! Kiki Stokes, one of two Black players on the team, said she felt “betrayed” by the organization. Steuerwald, who is an assistant coach at Syracuse, said he stands fully behind the players. “I thought she really understood me.”. On Wednesday, several players shared a tweet titled THIS IS US with a unified message of commitment to support the Black community and help educate people on ways to create change. She said the Pride players were also angry that their choice to stand was politicized. pic.twitter.com/81tV29G4HH. The now-deleted tweet by Connie May, general manager of the Houston-based Scrap Yard Dawgs, included the Twitter handle for President Donald Trump as it noted the team’s players were standing for the anthem and respecting the flag. Stokes, one of two Black players for the Dawgs, said May’s tweet was hurtful and insensitive, especially given the extra attention the world has been paying to racial issues for the past month. One of America's top pro women's softball teams is in an uproar after a tweet by their general manager regarding the national anthem. At some point during the game, the team’s general manager Connie May tweeted a picture of the players standing during the national anthem. The … “I never really thought that she didn’t care about my life or Kiki’s life until that post,” Black teammate Kelsey Stewart said of the general manager, according to the Times. She said May reached out to her Tuesday, but nothing changed because she felt May lacked contrition. "Allyship is really strong in softball right now. Triple Crown Sports and a group of the top youth fastpitch teams in Texas have agreed to pull a Fourth of July Tournament from Scrap Yard’s facility. We made it easy for you to exercise your right to vote. The now-deleted tweet by Connie May, general manager of the Houston-based Scrap Yard Dawgs, included the Twitter handle for President Donald Trump as it … She felt the two had built a solid relationship since the team drafted her in 2016. Pro Softball Team Quits After General Manager Tweets Anthem Brag To Trump, The Scrap Yard Dawgs executive tweeted a photo of the team standing for the national anthem. I’m DISGUSTED. Members of the Scrap Yard Dawgs team, which includes 11 athletes chosen for the 2021 U.S. Olympics squad, saw the message after their game in Melbourne. pic.twitter.com/5jSNipTFLd. “Even throughout their conversations with our GM in a heated, emotional moment, it wasn’t derogatory the things that were said, and it wasn’t defaming in any way. Members of a pro softball team quit this week in Florida after the general manager tweeted a photo to President Donald Trump bragging that the team was standing for the national anthem. Connie began coaching when Meagan was 9 years old and still remains active in coaching today. Her daughter, Meagan May Whitley, was an All-American softball player at Texas A&M and played on the 2011 USA National Team. I am so hurt but Hate and Ignorance will never win. AJ Andrews, one of two Black players for the Pride, said she is concerned about Black people dying in police custody and is energized by the protests that have taken place around the world since the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police. The team’s scheduled games in Florida were postponed while players try to reorganize without the Houston-based Scrap Yard Dawgs organization, the Houston Chronicle reported. “Any statement anyone wants to make regarding the national anthem — it’s their right to take their own personal stand,” Andrews said. Stokes posted her feelings on social media on Tuesday. I’m heartbroken. Today is National Voter Registration Day! Outraged that May used the moment to embrace Trump’s opposition to athletes kneeling during the anthem as a form of anti-racism protest, they quit. @ScrapYardFP I will never be associated with your organization again. “Everyone respecting the flag!” wrote team executive Connie May in the tweet to the president’s attention Monday night. Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other athletes have kneeled during the anthem to protest racial injustice, angering Trump. The bio on May’s personal Twitter account included a phrase that read “Karma! Stokes said the players from the Dawgs might play against the Pride on Saturday, but without the Scrap Yard name. Stokes said offers to educate May had been made before. The tweet was allegedly sent out by Scrap Yard’s general manager, Connie May. I’m embarrassed. Not because of the result of the game, but because of the racist tweet sent by team general manager Connie May. Part of HuffPost Entertainment. ©2020 Verizon Media. 18 Professional Softball Players Quit and Form New Team After Being 'Misrepresented' by Manager's National Anthem Tweet By Madeleine Carlisle June 27, 2020 5:13 PM EDT “We had just finished the game and were heading into the locker room,” Stokes said. So to have someone shift that and have it come out in a statement that does not represent you as a person — you feel violated.”. It was addressing the points of contention there with the tweet and things that they felt kind of betrayed by.”. “It’s all about the approach,” Stokes said. Every member of the Scrap Yard Fast Pitch softball team resigned after GM Connie May used them a photo of them standing for the anthem to tweet an anti-BLM message to Trump. Connie passed on her love of softball to her only daughter Meagan May Whitley, who went on to become an All American at Texas A&M, in addition to playing on the 2011 USA National Team. Dawgs players Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott — both members of Team USA — are among those who have criticized May's tweet. “I need an apology, and then we can move forward.”. One of America’s top pro women’s softball teams is in an uproar after a tweet by their general manager regarding the national anthem. Players told the Times that May also repeated the “all lives matter” phrase that some people use to diminish the cause of Black Lives Matter.