May came to talk with the team, and again repeated that “all lives matter,” players said, a phrase that has been criticized as a way to invalidate the specific concerns of black people. Steuerwald, who is an assistant coach at Syracuse, said he stands fully behind the players. 'Even throughout their conversations with our GM in a heated, emotional moment, it wasn't derogatory the things that were said, and it wasn't defaming in any way. The strong competitive nature that was instilled in her at an early age remains with her to this very day. She felt the two had built a solid relationship since the team drafted her in 2016. The phrase 'all lives matter' has been criticized by some who say it minimizes the concerns of black citizens. 'Through sports, we can help unify the many voices that deserve support in their right to protest and call for needed change as millions of people seek a new path for justice.'. Most Scrap Yard players are white, but Stewart said they still forcefully challenged May’s comments both directly and on social media. Triple Crown Sports and a group of the top youth fastpitch teams in Texas have agreed to pull a Fourth of July Tournament from Scrap Yard's facility. Reorganized pro softball ... when Dawgs general manager Connie May ... on the Dawgs quit on the spot in the locker room following Monday night's 4-0 loss to the Pride after confronting May. Members of the Scrap Yard Dawgs professional softball team walked out en masse Monday, and many vowed they will never again play for the team after a since-deleted tweet from GM Connie May. The players said they felt confident in their decision despite the fact that Scrap Yard is one of very few organizations sponsoring top-tier professional softball teams. It was not the first time that May’s politics had been a topic of discussion among the team, which is made up of 18 women ranging in age from 22 to 37. “We’re not going to tolerate that in our sport,” Osterman said. All 18 Scrap Yard players, including some members of the US national team, have walked out and say they won't play for the team. ', Infielder Lauren Chamberlain made sure the tweet was not lost after it was deleted. 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The now-deleted tweet by Connie May… a movement started by quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the N.F.L. Not every player is seen in this picture. Cat Osterman warming up before a Team USA game in February. Dawgs players Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott - both members of Team USA - are among those who have criticized May's tweet. And this is not acceptable. 'It's no one else's right to take that for them. 'I thought she really understood me. I’m embarrassed. The USSSA Pride and Scrap Yard Fast Pitch, two independent professional softball teams that feature some of the top players in the world, began what was supposed to be a seven-game series in Melbourne, Fla., facing little competition from other live sports. So to have someone shift that and have it come out in a statement that does not represent you as a person - you feel violated.