After taking another turn as a social media piñata this weekend, Anthony Bass gave a statement to the media at Rogers Centre just after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon which lasted about 35 seconds. He said, “I recognize yesterday that I made a [social media] 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.” He also mentioned that he’d spoken with his teammates and delivered the same message.
This all stems from an Instagram story he’d shared Monday morning which was noted by blogTO. The story asked Christians to boycott U.S. retail chain Target and Bud Light beer due to the brands' support of LGBTQ rights. This is disappointing and comes just ahead of Pride month, which includes various Blue Jays promotions and a Blue Jays rainbow flag jersey giveaway to the first 15,000 fans on Pride weekend on June 10th.
Budweiser is also a Blue Jays corporate sponsor. The team issued a statement via Sportsnet here, but they turned off comments. The statement read as follows:
“The Blue Jays bring millions of fans together across Canada and are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming experience for all. The Blue Jays are proud to celebrate LGBTQ2S+ Pride Month, including a special fourth annual Pride Weekend at the ballpark June 9 and 10, and demonstrations of allyship all month long around the ballpark. Individual player sentiments are not representative of the club’s beliefs."
Manager John Schneider also took questions from the media after Bass spoke, saying, “Every place should be a safe place to be, whether it’s in Toronto or around the league.” According to Schneider, the team didn’t suspend Bass, and said it didn’t get that far in terms of being a consideration.