Heineken is the latest sponsor to dump the minor league baseball team that called Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez an “enemy of freedom.”
The beer giant announced on Thursday that it was yanking all support by its brands Tecate and Dos Equis for the Fresno Grizzlies over the inflammatory video aired on Memorial Day.
It came the day after raisin company Sun-Maid also dropped the team over the video that had Ocasio-Cortez likened to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
“We are disheartened to learn of the views expressed in the video that aired during Monday’s Fresno Grizzlies game, as they do not reflect our core values,” Dos Equis announced on Twitter.
“We have ended our relationship with the team, effective immediately, and we have informed them accordingly.”
Heineken International rep Thomas Hunt confirmed to the Fresno Bee that Tecate was also out.
“We do not support those views expressed in the video,” Hunt said. “For that reason, we have ended this relationship, effective immediately and have let the team know of our decision.”
The Grizzlies had aired the more than 3-minute video Monday during a doubleheader at Chukchansi Park in what was intended to be a “moving tribute.”
As the voice of President Ronald Reagan warned of “enemies of freedom,” a photo of Ocasio-Cortez appeared with Kim and Castro.
The ball club later blamed it on an editing gaffe.
”We’re embarrassed we allowed this video to play without seeing it in its entirety first,” the Grizzlies posted on Twitter.
“We unconditionally apologize to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) in addition to our fans, community and those we hurt. It was a mistake and we will ensure that nothing like it ever happens again.”
However, Ocasio-Cortez complained that “these hateful messages” spark a “flood of death threats,” and Sun-Maid soon became the first major sponsor to drop the team.
“We are deeply disappointed by the Memorial Day tribute video the Fresno Grizzlies aired on Monday,” Sun-Maid told the Fresno Bee on Wednesday.
“Sun-Maid does not support the views or sentiments expressed in the video, nor does it condone the airing of it.
“While the Grizzlies have apologized for this mistake, we are standing on the side of what we believe is right and terminating our sponsorship of the team.”
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