Fresno Grizzlies baseball team loses a SECOND big sponsor while Heineken withdraws during Memorial Day video branding AOC an American & # 39; opponent & # 39; a day after Sun-Maid also withdrew
- The Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies apologized for Monday for a & # 39; misleading and offensive & # 39; Memorial Day tribute video with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
- Despite the apologies, Sun-Maid has raised its sponsorship with the announcement that the termination of support was the right thing to do
- Heineken has now confirmed that it has ended its relationship with the team
- The video, which was shown on the scoreboard between the games during Monday's doubleheader, contained several images of United States armed servants
- The images include a voice from Ronald Reagan's inaugural address in 1981, in which he warned of American & # 39; opponents & # 39; and & # 39; enemies of freedom & # 39;
- During that part of the video the image of AOC was seen together with the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and the deceased former Cuban president Fidel Castro
- According to a team statement: & # 39; A pre-produced video … had to be a moving tribute (but) ended with a number of misleading and offensive edits & # 39;
- The team added: & # 39; We are ashamed that we have allowed this video to play without first seeing it in its entirety. We offer our unconditional apologies for Rep. Ocasio-Cortez & # 39;
Heineken International ended its relationship with the Fresno Grizzlies after the team had played a Memorial Day video with an image of Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with images by Kim Jong Un and Fidel Castro.
The Fresno Bee reported that Heineken and the baseball team in the minor league in California had said goodbye on Thursday.
The company's Dos Equis and Tecate beer brands had sponsored the team.
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Heineken International has become the second sponsor to end the relationship with the Fresno Grizzlies
Three minutes after the Fresno Grizzlies & # 39; Memorial Day tribute video, as Reagan warns about & # 39; enemies of freedom & # 39; and & # 39; potential opponents & # 39 ;, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. is depicted between images of protesters Jong-un, Castro and Antifa. (Ocasio-Cortez is pictured above on May 23)
The raisin company Sun-Maid ended the sponsorship of the Fresno Grizzlies on Wednesday
It comes just a day after the raisin company Sun-Maid has ended the sponsorship of the team via the video.
The Memorial Day video looks like Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez equal to Kim Jong Un and Fidel Castro.
Sun-Maid acknowledged that the Grizzlies apologized, but said that ending the sponsorship was the right choice.
Fidel Castro (left) was also included in the video, suggesting that the deceased former Cuban president and Ocasio-Cortez both & # 39; enemies of freedom & # 39; to be. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un (right) was also depicted after Ocasio-Cortez in the video
The video also suggested that Antifa protesters are among American & # 39; opponents & # 39; found.
The video, which was shown on the scoreboard between the games during Monday's double header, contained several images of United States armed servants and had a voice from President Ronald Reagan's inaugural address in 1981.
Three minutes after the video, as Reagan warns about & # 39; enemies of freedom & # 39; and & # 39; potential opponents of America & # 39 ;, Ocasio-Cortez is depicted among images of protesters Jong-un, Castro and Antifa.
& # 39; We are aware of the issue with the Memorial Day tribute video being shown in the base between the games of Monday & # 39; s doubleheader & # 39 ;, read a statement from the team.
& # 39; We are aware of the issue with the Memorial Day tribute video being shown in the base between the games of Monday & # 39; s doubleheader & # 39 ;, read a statement from the team. Cheney Stadium (photo above) during a regular minor league baseball game between the Fresno Grizzlies and the Tacoma Rainiers on May 21
& # 39; A pre-produced video from outside our front office has been selected; Unfortunately, what was a moving tribute ended with a number of misleading and offensive edits, which made a statement that was not our intention and certainly not our opinion.
& # 39; We apologize to our fans and our community for the mistake and for not properly evaluating the video. We also apologize for those who have served the country and are currently serving for the unnecessary distraction on such a solemn day. & # 39;
Ocasio-Cortez has not discussed the issue publicly. Her office did not immediately respond to the Daily Mail's request for comment. On Monday she tweeted her own message to the military
As USA Today reported, the employee responsible for playing the video has been identified.
Grizzlies spokesman Paul Braverman told USA Today that in the future the team & # 39; an abundance of caution & # 39; will use and probably not broadcast Internet video & # 39; s at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, California.
Ocasio-Cortez has not discussed the issue publicly. Her office did not immediately respond to the Daily Mail's request for comment.
Monday she tweeted her own message to armed servants: & # 39; Today, # Memorial Day, we honor the lives of everyone who gave his life, both abroad and at home, in the service of our country. It is a tough day for many. Take the time to be there for each other; to check in, share stories, reflect or silently mark with a moment of gratitude. & # 39;
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