Minor league team apologizes to Kaepernick for taunt, etching giant Betsy Ross flag on field

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The power of Colin Kaepernick, Nike, and the rest of the anti-American movement today is undeniable when a minor league baseball team feels compelled to apologize for drawing a Betsy Ross flag on its infield. The Tennessee Smokies bowed to the PC culture and begged forgiveness for their audacity in tweeting out pictures of the early Revolutionary War-era flag imprinted on their field.

The original tweet read, “Hey @Kaepernick7 after a lot of thought, we have decided it’s best to just do it. #America”

The tweet was removed within hours, but of course, nothing is ever deleted from the internet. This was the July 3 tweet that posted before the team’s night game …

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The tweet amassed in excess of 700 retweets and 2000 likes in less than two hours before it was deleted. Many of the replies were critical, so of course, crisis management mode kicked in.

“It was just a light-hearted take on a current situation,” Connor Pearce, marketing manager for the team told the AP Wednesday night.

Someone was called on the carpet and on July 4, and the mea culpa was issued.

“Regarding one of our recent tweets regarding @Kaepernick7 and our field design for tonight’s game, it was meant to be a light-hearted take on a current situation. We did not mean to offend anyone by it. If it did, we certainly apologize,” read the team’s subsequent penitent tweet.

Unsurprisingly, there are social justice warriors who cried that the apology was inadequate, apparently calling for someone’s head. “That’s a non-apology apology,” wrote @keithlaw, a baseball writer with more than 470,000 followers.

Still many others criticized the team for deleting the tweet.

The whole ridiculous and sad outcry that has mushroomed in the ongoing culture war originated when Nike put the kibosh on a new shoe featuring the famous Betsy Ross American flag after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick found it to be offensive.

Kaepernick reportedly complained about the shoe design because the flag was used during a time when slavery was legal. Never mind that the seamstress Betsy Ross who is said to have created the first American flag was an abolitionist.

The Smokies are a Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Smokies team owner Randy Boyd denied any involvement in the flag promotion, tweeting: “Just catching up. I was not at the ballpark tonight and was not aware of any of tonight’s actions or tweets. But I hope we’ll skip all the politics so everyone can get back to celebrating the Fourth with their families and friends.”

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