A minor-league baseball team in California said it erred when an image of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared with a photo of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in a video honoring Memorial Day at the ball park.
The Fresno Grizzlies aired the more than 3-minute video Monday during a double-header at Chukchansi Park in what was intended to be a “moving tribute.”
As the voice of President Ronald Reagan warned of “enemies of freedom,” a photo of Ocasio-Cortez appeared with Kim and former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, local station KFSN reported.
”We’re embarrassed we allowed this video to play without seeing it in its entirety first,” the Grizzlies posted on Twitter Tuesday. “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.”
In a statement, the ball club blamed the gaffe on editing in the video that “made a statement that was not our intent and certainly not our opinion.”
The statement went on to apologize to “our fans” and “those who have served and are currently serving the country for the undue distraction on such a solemn day.”
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