The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly cut pitcher Anthony Bass, after he shared posts that support the boycott of Target and Bud Light.
According to the Associated Press, the move to cut Bass came hours before he was set to catch a ceremonial first pitch thrown by Toronto LGBTQ+ activist leZlie Lee Kam to kick off Friday’s game against Minnesota, and as the Blue Jays begin their fourth annual Pride Week celebration.
The Blue Jays now have seven days to either trade Bass or put him on waivers. Taking his place is right-hander Mitch White, who was activated off the 60-day injured list.
Before a game on May 30, Bass apologized for sharing the post that called on Christians to stop shopping at Target over the shopping giant’s Pride collection that included pieces for children, and stop buying Bud Light over its partnership with transgender TikToker Dylan Mulvaney.
The post was shared to Bass’ Instagram stories, but was quickly deleted after backlash.
"I'll make this quick," the MLB pitcher said at the time. "I recognize yesterday that I made a post that was hurtful to the Pride community, which includes friends of mine and close family members of mine, and I am truly sorry for that."
"I just spoke with my teammates and shared with them my actions yesterday. I apologized (to) them and, as of right now, I am using the Blue Jays’ resources to better educate myself to make better decisions moving forward," Bass said. "The ballpark is for everybody. We include all fans at the ballpark and we want to welcome everybody."
In the aftermath, Bass was booed at his two home appearances since the apology.
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