Ball foul. MLB Pitcher Anthony Bass issued a public apology after sharing a controversial anti-LGBTQ+ video.
The 35-year-old came under fire on Monday, May 29, for uploading a video via his Instagram Story calling for a boycott of brands like Bud Light and Target over their inclusive campaigns ahead of Pride Month. The images have since been deleted.
Bass addressed the scandal to reporters on Tuesday, May 30, but did not answer further questions. “I acknowledge that yesterday I posted a message that was hurtful to the Pride community, which includes friends of mine and close family members. I am truly sorry for this,” he said in a statement, according to a clip shared via Twitter.
The Michigan native, who currently plays for the Toronto Blue Jays, later apologized for how the backlash impacted the rest of his team. “I just spoke with my teammates and shared with them my actions from yesterday,” he explained. “I apologized [to] them, and right now I’m using the resources of the Blue Jays to educate myself better so I can make better decisions moving forward.
Bass concluded, “The ballpark is for everyone. We include all fans at the ballpark. We want to welcome everyone. That’s all I have to say.”
In a statement to Toronto Star, the Blue Jays claimed Bass’ position was “not representative of the club’s beliefs” and reiterated their commitment to diversity. “The Blue Jays unite millions of fans across Canada and are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming experience for all,” the team continued, adding that fans can expect to see “shows of alliance throughout the month around the ballpark” to coincide with Pride Month.
Team leader, manager Jean-Schneider noted that Bass’ apology was just the beginning. “We’re not going to pretend it never happened,” he said Tuesday. “We’re not going to pretend it’s the end and move on. There are definitely more steps to follow.
Bass made his MLB debut in 2008 after being drafted by the San Diego Padres. He made his official league debut three years later and has since played for the Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs and more. He was traded to the Blue Jays in August 2022.
Alongside his long athletic career, Bass’ personal life has made headlines over the years. He is married Jessie James Deckersister, Sydney Rae Bass, in August 2016. The duo welcomed daughter Brooklyn in September 2017 and adopted another baby girl, Blaire, three years later. In March, the couple announced that Sydney was pregnant with a baby boy.
Ahead of Anthony’s social media snafu, he came to Sydney’s defense after an alleged incident on a United Airlines flight. “The @united flight attendant just got my 22 week pregnant wife traveling with a 5 and 2 year old to get on all fours to pick up my youngest daughter’s mess of popcorn” , he tweeted in April. . “Are you kidding me?!?!”
Decker, 35, also called out the airline for its treatment of her sister, telling her Instagram followers that Sydney was ‘pregnant, high risk and also traveling alone with her two young children’ when the issue popcorn happened. “My poor sister is on all fours, crying in the aisle completely humiliated and exhausted, with her children while everyone watched. Cheers for being united,” she wrote last month.
As the drama subsided, Sydney expressed her excitement as she and Anthony prepared to expand their family. “Last time there will only be four of us on the pitch next time my brother is here,” she captioned a sweet Instagram photo with her husband and daughters on May 21.
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The baseball pro gushed in the comments section, “I love you all so much. God has truly blessed me with the ultimate support team.