Nats' Triple-A affiliate apologizes for showing controversial Memorial Day video

Chris Lingebach
May 28, 2019 - 3:33 pm
Fresno Grizzlies apologizes for showing controversial Memorial Day video

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The Fresno Grizzlies, Washington's Triple-A minor league affiliate, apologized on Tuesday for showing a controversial tribute video between games of a doubleheader on Memorial Day.

A Grizzlies spokesperson confirmed to USA Today that this YouTube video was the video that was broadcast at Fresno's Chukchansi Park. It features a speech from President Ronald Reagan, near the end of which, Reagan says, "As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the American people."

As Reagan utters the line, a photo of sitting U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez displays between photos of dictators Kim Jong-un and Fidel Castro.

The Fresno Grizzlies released the following statement early Tuesday morning:

"We are aware of the problem with the Memorial Day tribute video shown in the ballpark between games of Monday's doubleheader.

"A pre-produced video from outside our front office was selected; unfortunately what was supposed to be a moving tribute ended with some misleading and offensive editing, which made a statement that was not our intent and certainly not our opinion.

"We apologize to our fans and to our community for the error and for not properly vetting the video. We also apologize to those who have served and are currently serving the country for the undue distraction on such a solemn day."

"We're embarrassed we allowed this video to play without seeing it in its entirety first. We unconditionally apologize to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, in addition to our fans, community and those we hurt," the team went on to say. "It was a mistake and we will ensure that nothing like it ever happens again. the team went on to say. "

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