In an apparent first for Major League Baseball, a player was fired (in part) for having a Christian view of how to deal with Bud Light and Target promoting the LGBTQ agenda.
The player is Anthony Bass, a now-former relief pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Bass shared a video from a Christian Instagram account that called for the boycott of Target and Bud light.
That’s when the problems began.
On May 30th, Fox News reported “Bass issued an apology Tuesday after sharing a video on his social media that supported the boycotts of Target and Bud Light, saying his actions were “hurtful to the Pride community.””
Bass met with the media before Tuesday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers and acknowledged the backlash he faced after posting a video from a creator that called on Christians to boycott the companies over the recent controversies surrounding their LGBTQ promotions.
“I’ll make this quick,” Bass began. “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 with them and, as of right now, I am using the Blue Jays’ resources to better educate myself to make better decisions moving forward.
“The ballpark is for everybody. We include all fans at the ballpark, and we want to welcome everybody. That’s all I have to say.”
Statement from Anthony Bass: pic.twitter.com/UXLrx1HVO5
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 30, 2023
Apparently his apology wasn’t enough, though. His Christian belief that it’s good not to support companies that promote anti-Christian values couldn’t stand with the Blue Jays organization.
So, he was fired in part because of what he shared.
According to the National Review, “Granted, Bass wasn’t excelling this year. He’d pitched to an underwhelming 4.95 ERA so far. But he had a stellar 2022 when he appeared in 73 games with a 1.54 ERA, and last month, prior to the controversy that sank him, he gave up two runs and struck out twelve in ten innings of work.”
Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said his performance was the major factor in his axing, but “the distraction” of his comments played a role.
Regarding his firing, the National Review went on:
The last straw came when he tried to explain himself again late last week. Consider his latest bout of allegedly offensive remarks:
He denied that the video he shared was hateful, although he stipulated, “When I look back at it, I can see how people would view it that way, and that’s why I was apologetic.”
He added that he is “working hard” to educate himself.
He said, “I stand by my personal beliefs,” adding — very naïvely, as it turns out — that “everyone is entitled to their personal beliefs, right?”
So Bass is of the Christian faith, and being of the faith believes in the 2nd most important “commandment” which is to love your neighbor as yourself, which means he doesn’t hate anyone. But because the Bible he believes in also says that homosexuality is a sin, he can’t play for the Jays.
While GM Atkins said that his firing was only in part due to what he shared and his sticking to his beliefs, it seems clear that the organization now promotes the persecution of Christians.
Many on Twitter sounded off about the controversy.
According to a person who says he is gay, he actually supported Bass’s stand because he doesn’t hate anyone, he just doesn’t believe in promoting the lifestyle.
One of my more popular comments was supporting Anthony Bass for being against LGBTQIAA+2S ideology since it doesn't mean you're anti-gay, just anti-political ideology. And he was fired this weekend after having to apologize for supporting Target boycotts. Never apologize. pic.twitter.com/mygT7LoU6v
— dan•splaining (@DANsplained0) June 10, 2023
Anthony Bass needs to play with an American team with values and respect. Period. Screw the Blue Jays! Blatantly discriminatory!!!!!
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) June 9, 2023
They put a gun to Anthony Bass' head to have him create a hostage video apology to the Alphabet Mafia then they release him.
Never apologize to the mob. https://t.co/CLsGoVY1lt
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) June 9, 2023
There are now two ways to reach the major leagues.
1. Be a good hitter or a good pitcher.
2. Bat .207 in Double A but pretend you're not a male.https://t.co/5bw7lU5r5O
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 12, 2023
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