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Businesses continue to drop their sponsorship deals with the Fresno Grizzlies this week in the wake of a misleading video suggesting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was an enemy of freedom to America.
Share Sara Boboltz May 31st 2019 1:50PM Heineken International is the latest company to pull its sponsorship from the Fresno Grizzlies after the California minor-league baseball team showed an inflammatory video likening Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to North Koreas Kim Jong Un and other enemies of freedom during a Memorial Day game.
Heineken cuts ties with Fresno Grizzlies over Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez video
The Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals aired the video between games of a Memorial Day doubleheader in an effort to honor fallen soldiers for their sacrifice and courage. They apologized for Ocasio-Cortez inclusion, which resulted in more death threats for the Democratic New York representative, and spent the week watching sponsors pull away.
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Dos Equis and Tecate announced Thursday they would not be sponsoring the Grizzlies anymore, per the Los Angeles Times. Both are owned by Heineken.
Tecate wrote a statement to individual Twitter users who asked about the relationship or stated theyd no longer be drinking the beer. The company wrote it has always been about togetherness and does not support the airing of the video.
When Reagan mentions “enemies of freedom,” the video shows the North Korean leader, Ocasio-Cortez of New York and the late Cuban leader.
Tecate has always been about togetherness and we do not support the views expressed in the video, that was aired during the Fresno Grizzlies game on Memorial day. We have ended this relationship effective immediately and have let the team know of our decision.
Dos Equis did the same, stating it was disheartened to learn of the views expressed in the video and that it does not reflect our core values.
We are disheartened to learn of the views expressed in the video that aired during Mondays Fresno Grizzlies game, as they do not reflect our core values. We have ended our relationship with the team, effective immediately, and we have informed them accordingly.
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Heineken International confirmed both via email, per the Fresno Bee. The video featured a speech by former President Ronald Reagan. As he mentions enemies of freedom, a photo of Ocasio-Cortez was included with North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un and former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
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Ocasio-Cortez responded by explaining how videos such as that lead to death threats to her and her office.
The video has patriotic images and excerpts from President Ronald Reagan's first inaugural speech. When Reagan mentions "enemies of freedom," the video shows the Kim, Ocasio-Cortez, and Castro. Officials with the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals apologized on Monday via a statement posted on the team's verified Twitter page.
The decision by Heineken came a day after Sun-Maid Growers ended its sponsorship, as reported by The Bee.
We are deeply disappointed by the Memorial Day tribute video the Fresno Grizzlies aired on Monday. 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.
If you are a member of Congress + leave, you shouldnt be allowed to turn right around [and] leverage your service for a lobbyist check, argued Ocasio-Cortez, reacting to a Public Citizen report claiming nearly 60% of former members of the 115th Congress who have taken jobs outside of politics are now lobbying or have other jobs influencing federal policy.
A company statement to the Washington Post said its decision is not about politics or any political perspective.
Yet many lawmakers — such as former House Speaker John Boehner, who joined the board of marijuana company Acreage Holdings Inc. — provide advice on policy for companies, which isn’t covered by the lobbying ban because it doesn’t involve cajoling their onetime colleagues in Congress.
Sun-Maid is notable not only for its name but also for its importance. The company was started in the San Joaquin Valley in the late 1890s and is based 20 minutes down Route 99 in Kingsburg. Per the Post, it announced it would be moving it headquarters back to Fresno.
Other companies told The Bee they did not condone the video, but are not pulling their sponsorships. A Save Mart spokeswoman said they are seeking more information and the GAR Tootelian president said it has no intention of abandoning a good, long time friend over one mistake.
The Fresno Bee also declined to immediately pull its 20-year sponsorship given the incredible force for good in this community, per publisher Tim Ritchey.
The Nationals told the Washington Post on Thursday they were comfortable with the results of an investigation. Per the investigation detailed in the Post, an employee pulled the incorrect version of a video the employee had been using for years. It was not fully watched before it aired.
The employee is remorseful, per the team spokesperson to the Bee, has been reprimanded, and will not be fired.