Minor League Player Deletes Account After Major Backlash Over Sexist Tweet About Female Baseball Analyst
Brooks Marlow is a second baseman for the Lancaster JetHawks, a minor league affiliate of the Houston Astros.
Judging by a tweet posted by Marlow on Wednesday night, the 23-year-old isn't a huge fan of women talking about baseball on ESPN.
The since-deleted tweet reads:
“No lady needs to be on ESPN talking during a baseball game [especially] Mendoza, sorry.”
People were not at all happy with the blatant sexism Marlow was showing against ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza:
Less than two hours after sending out the original tweet, Marlow issued this apology:
The tweet reads:
“I need to apologize for my tweet earlier regarding Jessica Mendoza. It was inappropriate, insensitive, and does not reflect who I am.”
Marlow's initial tweet continued to get so much attention that the Astros organization eventually released a statement saying they talked with Marlow and that they “do not condone” the tweet posted by the infielder:
The statement reads:
“The Houston Astros do not condone the tweet posted by one of our minor league players earlier this evening. We have communicated with the player, who agreed that his tweet was inappropriate and insensitive and has since apologized. We also apologize to Ms. Menodza, who is an outstanding broadcaster that we have had the pleasure of working with this season.”
Mendoza, who was a member of the 2004 and 2008 USA Softball Women's National Team, is also an Olympic gold and silver medalist in the sport.
Ironically, the same day Marlow made his comments about her, Rolling Stone magazine published an article about Mendoza and her goals to not only open the door for more women to get involved in sports, but to make sure it stays open.
She tells Rolling Stone:
"It was important to me that this [job] wasn't going to be a one time thing. If you're going to put me in the booth, make sure it's because I'm good enough to be there.
I think it's important for young girls and for women to see that I'm not just going to open this door and walk through it, I'm going to keep it open."
Mendoza thinks all of the hype surrounding the idea that she is a color analyst for Major League Baseball is unwarranted; she's just there to do the job she's been tasked with doing.
To Mendoza, she's not a woman baseball analyst, she's just a baseball analyst.
And Mendoza gives a lot of credit to her husband, who is perfectly fine with having a successful wife and staying home with their two sons. Mendoza tells Rolling Stone that the world needs more men like him:
“We need more men who aren't threatened by strong women.”
As for Marlow, the backlash became too much for him to handle, so he deleted his Twitter account altogether.