Blue Jays’ Anthony Bass booed by crowd after anti-trans post
Toronto Blue Jays reliever Anthony Bass faced a chorus of deafening boos as he took to the mound at Rogers Centre on Wednesday. The near-sold-out crowd of 42,205 loudly expressed their disapproval after the 35-year-old endorsed what appeared to be an anti-LGBTQ+ video on his Instagram Story. Toronto’s landmark CN tower was even lit up in Pride colors in response to his appearance. Bass apologized for his actions on Tuesday, calling his post “hurtful to the Pride community” and asserting that he was “truly sorry” for posting it. The Blue Jays issued no disciplinary action against Bass, but a team spokesperson emphasized the organization’s commitment to celebrating Pride Month “all month long around the ballpark.”
What did Anthony Bass post on Instagram?
Bass appeared to endorse a video that called for religious boycotts of Target and Bud Light, both of which have been public supporters of LGBTQ+ rights. He later apologized for the post, recognizing that it was “hurtful to the Pride community.”
Did the Toronto Blue Jays discipline Anthony Bass?
No, the team did not discuss any disciplinary action against Bass. However, a team spokesperson emphasized the Blue Jays’ commitment to celebrating Pride Month and stated that “individual player sentiments are not representative of the club’s beliefs.”
What was the reaction from the Toronto crowd?
Bass was met with loud and sustained boos from the near-sold-out crowd of 42,205 at Rogers Centre. The crowd reaction did not appear to affect Bass’s pitching performance, as he went on to strike out Christian Yelich in the eventual loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Crowd boos Blue Jays’ Anthony Bass following his anti-trans post.
Toronto Blue Jays reliever Anthony Bass faced a chorus of boos from the home crowd at Rogers Centre on Wednesday, following his endorsement of what appears to be an anti-LGBTQ+ video on his Instagram Story. The 35-year-old was met with loud jeers as he ran onto the mound, with the crowd drowning out his walk-out music and the television broadcast. However, Bass didn’t let the hostility disprove his performance, striking out Christian Yelich and limiting the Brewers to just two runs. Bass had apologized on Tuesday for sharing a video that called for religious boycotts of Target and Bud Light, which have been publicly supporting LGBTQ+ rights. Blue Jays manager John Schneider confirmed that the team had not decided on any disciplinary action against Bass regarding the incident.