The ScrapYard Dawgs and the USSSA Pride were set to kick off a summer tour of games between the two professional softball organizations on Monday.
One social media post has put the entire tour in jeopardy.
As the national anthem played, the ScrapYard Dawgs posted a tweet that not only praised the teams for standing but also tagged President Donald Trump, an advocate for respecting the American flag.
The commentary in the post, which suggested the teams were in unison on the flag stance, infuriated players from both organizations, nearly all of whom had spent the past few months showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Many players attributed the post to ScrapYard Dawgs general manager Connie May. The tweet was later deleted but the damage was already done.
Former Countryside and LSU standout A.J. Andrews played for the ScrapYard Dawgs from 2018-19. Andrews, who became the first woman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove in 2016, has used her celebrity softball status to embrace social issues, especially involving African American women in sports.
Two years ago, Andrews was part of an ESPN special called Unapologetic: The Black Female Athlete. The program, presented by The Undefeated, spotlighted black female athletes and their struggles to become prominent figures in the sporting world. The special included segments of a panel discussion held at Morgan State University that Andrews hosted.
Andrews was disgusted by the post from her former team, saying the issue was never about the flag.
Other prominent African American players in the sport slammed the organization.
Several players currently with the ScrapYard Dawgs said they would no longer represent the organization.
There also was support from the USSSA Pride. Former Alonso and FSU star Jessica Warren plays for the pride and voiced her displeasure about the since deleted tweet.