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Fresno Grizzlies apologize for video that equates Rep. Ocasio-Cortez with Kim, Castro

A baseball team, patriotism, Ocasio-Cortez and an apology: Here’s what happened

The Fresno Grizzlies minor league baseball team played a Memorial Day video on its scoreboard May 27, 2019, and later apologized for equating Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with Kim Jung-un and Fidel Castro.
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The Fresno Grizzlies minor league baseball team played a Memorial Day video on its scoreboard May 27, 2019, and later apologized for equating Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with Kim Jung-un and Fidel Castro.

The Fresno Grizzlies have apologized to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a scoreboard video shown during Monday night’s doubleheader that appeared to equate her with Kim Jong-un and Fidel Castro.

The video was 3 1/2 minutes long, called a “Memorial Day Tribute - We Are Americans.”

It’s mostly filled with patriotic-themed images playing behind excerpts from the first inaugural speech by President Ronald Reagan.

But at about three minutes, it shows an image of an Antifa member. Then Kim, the North Korean leader. Then Ocasio-Cortez, then Castro, the late Cuban leader. The images are seen as Reagan arrives at this point in his speech: “As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries ...”

The Grizzlies, the Triple-A minor-league affiliate of the Washington Nationals, apologized in a statement:

“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.

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“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 those we hurt. It was a mistake and we will ensure that nothing like it ever happens again.”

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