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The Fresno Grizzlies, a minor-league baseball team, apologized late Monday after airing a Memorial Day tribute video that included an image of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during an “enemies of freedom” sequence.
The 3-and-a-half-minute video, intended as a “moving tribute” to America’s servicemen and women, was broadcast at a doubleheader during the break between games. As President Ronald Reagan says the words “the enemies of freedom” in a voiceover, the footage shows Ocasio-Cortez’s face sandwiched between images of North Korean strongman Kim Jong-un and the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
“We’re embarrassed we allowed this video to play without seeing it in its entirety first,” the Grizzlies wrote on Twitter. “We unconditionally apologize to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) in addition to our fans, community and those we hurt. It was a mistake and we will ensure that nothing like it ever happens again.”
— Fresno Grizzlies (@FresnoGrizzlies) May 28, 2019
The Grizzlies, the Triple A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, said the video was pre-produced outside of the front office. The team described the inclusion of Ocasio-Cortez’s photograph an “error,” the result of “some misleading and offensive editing.”
Grizzlies spokesman Paul Braverman said in an email that the employee responsible “came forward to acknowledge the mistake once we realized what had happened.”
He added that it has yet to be determined whether the employee will face any discipline.
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