The entire 2020 summer season of the USSSA Pride and the Dawgs is now in question, as is the training possibilities of the Olympic players, who might not have a location for organized workouts now. 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. On January 28, the Dawgs announced via press release they would no longer be affiliated with the NPF. The Dawgs are the first NPF team to be based in the Houston area since the Texas Thunder became the Rockford Thunder in the 2007 season. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. If this is how a GENERAL MANAGER goes about their business, taking over the team twitter, it should be public. And this is not acceptable. NBC News’ Morgan Chesky spoke with the men's basketball coach of Florida State University who shared his biggest concerns as flu season approaches. May, a longtime coach from the Houston area, became the GM of the Scrap Yard Dawgs in 2015 when they began their inaugural season. When (Scrap Yard General Manager) Connie May then mentioned the phrase “All Lives Matter,” KiKi Stokes had heard enough and walked out of the locker room. Florida Today reported that Scrap Yard General Manager Connie May posted the tweet and that players walked out on a team meeting with May after the game. Reports from Orlando's WFTV said the now-former Dawgs will remain in Brevard County to practice and hope another organization, or sponsor, picks up the contracts. “For now, we’re 15 or 16 girls and coaches who don’t have an organization. [3], On May 5, 2016, the Dawgs signed free agent Monica Abbott to a six-year contract, believed to be worth $1 million; the contract was believed to be the most lucrative paid by an individual American professional franchise to an active female athlete in any team sport.[4]. Although we are all walking away from the Scrap Yard Dawgs organization we will fight like hell to give you all that hope. Seniors On Medicare Are Getting a Big Pay Day in 2020. By midnight, several players said they would quit on the spot since GM Connie May's comments blindsided them. 1 Gonzaga gets past No. Monica Abbott gets ready to fire a pitch Monday night in Viera as pro softball officially bounced back from the COVID-19 pandemic. Haven't we been going over this for the last 3 weeks? The pro games in Viera this week were a complement to the USA Elite Select World Fastpitch Championship for 16-under and 18-under girls from across the country and is taking place at surrounding fields. It is SO MUCH BIGGER THAN SOFTBALL. More importantly, the tweet’s subtext is harmful and counterproductive to the current racial justice movement — a movement that the USSSA Pride fully supports and stands behind. Miami native Kylan Becker, the Dawgs' leadoff hitter Monday night, echoed sentiments shared by several of her teammates. ", 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. Glasco's assistants would be Oregon's Jimmy Kolaitis and Joe Guthrie of Bucknell. The Scrap Yard Fast Pitch are an independent women's professional softball team based in Conroe, Texas, just north of Houston. Abbott continued: "I believe softball to be an inclusive sport any shape, size or color can be good at this game. Because the tweet has since been deleted... and the tweet author herself just texted me personally trying to justify her reasoning.. here we go. — Michael Kyllo-Kittleson (@MichaelKyKit) June 23, 2020 “Hey @realDonaldTrump Pro Fastpitch being played live @usssaspacecoast @USSSAPride Everyone respecting the FLAG!” The tweet was allegedly sent out by Scrapyard Dawgs general manager Connie May, and players were livid. ", Seriously fuming right now @ScrapYardFP you are better than this! [7], In June 2020, during the George Floyd protests and after the first game of a planned seven-game series, franchise owner Connie May tweeted a photo of players standing with hands on heart captioned "Everyone respecting the flag," a reference to the U.S. national anthem protests. 6 Kansas in Fort Myers Tip-Off opener, Houston holiday guide: Plenty of ways to celebrate despite the ongoing pandemic, Deshaun Watson wears George Floyd on his sleeves prior to game, Tom Izzo reacts to Michigan State basketball's opening-night win over Eastern Michigan, Villanova vs. Boston College Men's Basketball Highlight (2020-21), Charleston Southern vs. NC State Men's Basketball Highlight (2020-21), Michigan State basketball's Foster Loyer on his career night vs. Eastern Michigan, NC State's Cam Hayes Steals The Ball And Then Throws It Down. Other players on the Dawgs responded likewise. The coronavirus pandemic has complicated the NCAA basketball's highly anticipated return with a delayed season. Team USA Olympian Monica Abbott of Salinas, Calif., enjoyed her first game since the pandemic halted team play since March. [2] Kevin Shelton, also the general manager of the Dallas Charge, was introduced as the Dawgs' GM.