Blue Jays Cut Anthony Bass After He Defended Anti-Queer Post

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2023-06-10 02:07:17  • 3 mins

Anthony Bass had reposted a video on social media that called for a boycott of L.G.B.T.Q.-friendly companies.

The Toronto Blue Jays cut pitcher Anthony Bass, 35, on Friday, after he drew backlash and boos from fans for reposting a video on Instagram that called Target and Bud Light evil and demonic for being supportive of the L.G.B.T.Q. community.

The Blue Jays announced on Friday that they had designated Bass for assignment, effectively cutting him from the team, just hours before he was set to catch a ceremonial first pitch to kick off the teams Pride Weekend for a series against the Minnesota Twins.

Last month, Bass reposted a video on Instagram that called for boycotting both Target and Bud Light, which have recently drawn the ire of conservatives, Bud Light for featuring a transgender influencer in a social media promotion, and Target for promoting its Pride collection, which included clothes and books for children. The video, which came from a Bible-themed Instagram page, was briefly posted by Bass to his Instagram Story in late May.

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