Abbott, a Team USA member, struck out four batters in three scoreless innings but her Houston ScrapYard Dawgs lost to the USSSA Pride 4-0 in a battle of what many consider the world's top two pro softball teams. The return of pro softball Monday night in Viera, Florida, marked the comeback of the first pro sports teams to play a game since the COVID-19 shutdown. "Being blindsided, with a tweet like this in the middle of the game, is the (utmost) disrespect to my Black teammates, all athletes, and supporters. She won an Olympic silver medal in 2008 and is scheduled to compete in the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. "The tweet sent out by Connie May on the ScrapYardFP account in no way reflects the athletes in this organization. Abbott, the 34-year-old from from Santa Cruz, California, starred for the Lady Vols from 2004-07. The organization directed its tweet to President Donald Trump. Email him at blake.toppmeyer@knoxnews.com and follow him on Twitter @btoppmeyer. I'm in shock. And this is not acceptable. The tweet came amid a time of national protests of police brutality and racial inequality. Former Tennessee softball pitcher Monica Abbott is among the athletes speaking out after her professional team issued a controversial tweet. ", Monica Abbott fires a pitch Monday night in Viera as pro softball officially bounced back from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pride announced that future games against Scrap Yard had been postponed. Florida Today. "Everyone respected the FLAG!". Two of Abbott's teammates, Kelsey Stewart and Kiki Stokes, are Black. It sure as heck doesn't represent my feelings and I can't believe a company I am supposed to represent would do something like this. She tossed three scoreless innings during Monday's game, which the Pride won 4-0 in front of 300 fans. Monday's game was scheduled to be the start of a seven-game series, with the next game on Wednesday night. Blake Toppmeyer covers University of Tennessee athletics. My official statement. The USSSA Pride denounced Scrap Yard's tweet and called it "incredibly damaging and disrespectful." If you enjoy Blake’s coverage, consider a digital subscription that will allow you access to all of it. Monday's game against the USSSA Pride in Melbourne, Florida, marked Scrap Yard's first game of the season and the first professional team sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic brought sports to a halt in March. Florida Today reported that Scrap Yard General Manager Connie May posted the tweet and that players walked out on a team meeting with May after the game. pic.twitter.com/V4p1rIToAW. © 2020 knoxnews.com, All rights reserved. Confidence, strength and \u0022owning it.\u0022 This is what 'Play Like a Girl' means to Olympic medalists Kara Lynn Joyce and Michelle Carter, pro softball pitcher Monica Abbott and WNBA Team CEO Mary O'Conner. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Former Tennessee softball pitcher Monica Abbott is among the athletes speaking out after her professional team issued a controversial tweet regarding the national anthem before a game on Monday. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. In the past, some athletes have taken a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality, an action the president has frequently criticized. "I kneel with all of my friends, teammates, and any person of color. In a since-deleted tweet, Scrap Yard Fast Pitch, a pro softball team based in Conroe, Texas, for whom Abbott plays, tweeted a photo of its players standing for the national anthem. In a since-deleted tweet, Scrap Yard Fast Pitch, a pro softball team based in Conroe, Texas, for whom Abbott plays, tweeted a photo of its players standing for the national anthem. professional team issued a controversial tweet, players walked out on a team meeting with May after the game, TSSAA football playoffs scoreboard: Semifinals scores, East Tennessee high school football: Semifinals roundup, This UT basketball season will be different. Several players tweeted that they will no longer play for the organization, including Cat Osterman, one of the sport's most recognizable figures. (Photo: Kit Mohr/USSSA Pride). But it doesn't mean that the organization believes the same. Get the latest updates, What to know about Lady Vols basketball roster, Peyton Manning to host game show 'College Bowl' reboot, Top performers from TSSAA semifinals in the Knoxville area, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. "I believe softball to be an inclusive sport (and) any shape, size or color can be good at this game. Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Members of the Scrap Yard Dawgs professional softball team have said they will never play for the team again after general manager Connie May's insensitive tweet Monday night. "Hey @realDonaldTrump Pro Fastpitch being played live @usssaspacecoast @USSSAPride," the tweet read, with a photo of its players standing with hands over their hearts. "I kneel," Abbott wrote in a statement she posted to Twitter after the game. Current subscribers can click here to join Blake's subscriber-only text group offering updates and analysis on Vols football.