HoustonChronicle reports the softball team that includes two-time Olympic gold medalist Cat Osterman has postponed its scheduled games in Viera, Fla., after breaking ties with its previous sponsor, the Montgomery County-based Scrap Yard Dawgs.
Team members said they would no longer represent Scrap Yard on Monday night after the team’s general manager posted a photo of them on Twitter, standing during the National Anthem, that Osterman said “hijacked” them into the ongoing debate over National Anthem protests by athletes in support of racial equality and social justice.
The teams were scheduled to play games Wednesday night and through the weekend, but Florida-based USSSA Pride said that games would not be played while the former Scrap Yard players determine how to reorganize.
They are supporting us in our stance right now as we organize ourselves,” Osterman said in a text message.
The tweet that prompted players to break away from Scrap Yard was written by Connie May, Scrap Yard’s general manager, and said, “Hey @realDonaldTrump Pro Fastpitch being played live @usssaspacecoast @USSSAPride Everyone respecting the FLAG!”
“The GM tried to defend her tweet by saying it came from a good place in her heart and that she was proud of us taking the field and being able to unite, so to speak,” Osterman said Tuesday.
“This team is very united. We were proud to take the field, and it would have been a platform for showing that sports can continue. However, it was hijacked by being political.”
The former Scrap Yard team includes 11 members of the USA Softball team that will compete in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The team was scheduled to play 22 games in Conroe and in Florida over the next month.