A Major League Baseball team is apologizing over a tweet targeting an ESPN broadcaster, after the tweet from a minor league player in the Houston Astros organization sparked an outcry over sexism.
The tweet from Brooks Marlow was aimed at Jessica Mendoza, who has been a pioneer as a female broadcaster in a traditionally male field.
“Mendoza, a former professional softball player, began broadcasting games for ESPN last year. She’s a member of ESPN’s ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ broadcast team and the most prominent woman calling national games in a male sport,” The New York Post reports.
While Mendoza was working ESPN’s National League Wild Card Game telecast Wednesday night, Marlow sent out a tweet that read: “No lady needs to be on espn talking during a baseball game specially Mendoza sorry.” The tweet was later deleted.
The Astros later said they “do not condone” Marlow’s tweet. The Post notes that Marlow, who was a 29th-round pick in 2015, split this season between Class A affiliates Quad Cities and Lancaster.
“The Astros said in a statement that they have spoken with Marlow and he ‘agreed that his tweet was inappropriate and insensitive and has apologized.’ The team also apologized to Mendoza, calling her ‘an outstanding broadcaster that we have had the pleasure of working with this season,'” The Post reports.