Cat Osterman will not represent pro softball team
Two-time Olympic softball player Cat Osterman’s summer tour might be over as soon as it began.
Osterman tweeted on Monday night that she “will not represent” the ScrapYard Dawgs due to the team’s activity on social media. A tweet published by the professional softball team on Monday showed a picture of Osterman and other players standing for the national anthem.
The caption for the since-deleted tweet read “Hey @realDonaldTrump Pro Fastpitch being played live @usssaspacecoast @USSSAPride Everyone respecting the FLAG!
Nearly four years ago, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began to protest police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. Kaepernick was eventually joined in his peaceful protest by other athletes. President Donald Trump, however, has been a vocal critic of that form of protesting.
Kaepernick’s protest was brought back into the spotlight last month following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd, a Black man, was killed by a white police officer who knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd’s death has led to all sorts of protests across the country. Some football players have also announced that they will kneel when the national anthem is played during the upcoming NFL season.
The ScrapYard tweet was quickly condemned by Olympian Natasha Watley, who is Black. Following their opener at the USSSA World Fastpitch Championship, Osterman and many players on the ScrapYard roster echoed Watley’s thoughts. Osterman said that “I DO NOT support the comments made during our game by @scrapyardfp & I will not represent them. We as a people are working towards change, and THIS IS NOT IT.”
The ScrapYard Dawgs dropped a 4-0 decision to the USSSA Pride on Monday. The two teams are supposed to participate in a summer tour that includes a 22-game schedule. The next game is scheduled for Wednesday in Viera, Fla.
The 37-year-old Osterman came out of retirement in 2018 and earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. Osterman is also set to join the Athletes Unlimited league in August. She recently stepped away from her duties as an associate head coach at Texas State.