The Toronto Blue Jays have stepped up to the plate and cut “Christian” pitcher Anthony Bass, on Friday. Bass made headlines last week after sharing a post on social media that called for anti-LGBT+ boycotts of Target and Bud Light. The shared post described the sale of LGBT+ merchandise as “evil” and “demonic.”
In an interview on Thursday Bass said he chose to delete the post because “it was the right thing to do” and because he didn’t want it to be a distraction to the team. “But I stand by my personal beliefs,” Bass said, “and everyone is entitled to their personal beliefs, right? Also, I mean no harm towards any groups of people.”
“My focus from the get-go should have been doing my job and being accepting of everyone’s decisions and views in life,” Bass said. “Through this process, I’ve learned that. Moving forward, I will definitely know better than to post my personal beliefs on my social media platforms.”
And with that backhanded non-apology Bass was OUT.
Toronto general manager Ross Atkins said Friday that both the controversy and Bass’ on-field performance led to the move.
“Performance was a large aspect of the decision,” Atkins said. “Distraction was a small part of it and something we had to factor in.”
By designating Bass for assignment, the Blue Jays now have seven days to trade him or place him on irrevocable outright waivers.