VIERA, Fla. (AP)– A fast-pitch softball team was dramatically criticized by U.S. star Feline Osterman and several of her colleagues after it tweeted to President Donald Trump that its gamers were meaning the national anthem and appreciating the flag.

The Scrap Lawn Dawgs played USSSA Pride on Monday night in Florida. The since-deleted tweet consisted of a photo of the Dawgs standing and read: “Hey @realDonaldTrump Pro Fastpitch being played live @usssaspacecoast @USSSAPride Everybody respecting the FLAG!”

The 37-year-old Osterman tweeted after the video game that she did not support the comments by the group and “will not represent them.” Monica Abbott, another U.S. pitcher headed to the Tokyo Olympics next year, said in a statement that she disagreed with the team’s message.

” Being blind sided, with a tweet like this in the middle of the video game, is the utter most disrespect to my Black colleagues, all professional athletes and advocates,” Abbott stated in her Twitter post. “And this is not appropriate.”

U.S.A. Softball stated Tuesday in a declaration on its Twitter account that it “totally supports” all national group members and their rights to reveal their beliefs.

Osterman told the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday that the team is “leaving Scrap Lawn and will not wear Scrap Yard uniforms.”

” For now, we’re 15 or 16 women and coaches who don’t have an organization,” she stated. “Now we have to decide if we want to continue playing and what that would look like.”

It was the first game for Scrap Lawn because the coronavirus pandemic closed down sports all over the world. The Dawgs are an independent team based in Conroe, Texas, simply north of Houston.

A message was left Tuesday night looking for comment from the team.

Osterman stated general manager Connie May sent out the tweet, and the gamers spoke to her after the game.

” The GM tried to defend her tweet by stating it originated from a great place in her heart and that she was happy of us taking the field and having the ability to join, so to speak,” Osterman told the Chronicle.

” This team is very joined. We were happy to take the field, and it would have been a platform for showing that sports can continue. However, it was pirated by being political.”

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