Fresno Grizzlies lose more sponsors in aftermath of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ,
Businesses continue to drop their sponsorship deals with the Fresno Grizzlies this week in the wake of a misleading
Video suggesting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was an “enemy of freedom” to America. The Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals aired the video between games of a Memorial Day doubleheader in an effort to honor fallen soldiers for their sacrifice and courage.
They apologized for Ocasio-Cortez’ inclusion, which resulted in more death threats for the Democratic New York representative, and spent the week watching sponsors pull away.
Heineken-owned beers drop Grizzlies
Dos Equis and Tecate announced Thursday they would not be sponsoring the Grizzlies anymore, per the Los Angeles Times. Both are owned by Heineken.
Tecate wrote a statement to individual Twitter users who asked about the relationship or stated they’d no longer be drinking the beer. The company wrote it has “always been about togetherness” and does not support the airing of the video.
Heineken International confirmed both via email, per the Fresno Bee. The video featured a speech by former President Ronald Reagan. Ocasio-Cortez responded by explaining how videos such as that lead to death threats to her and her office.
Sun-Maid 1st to leave Grizzlies
The decision by Heineken came a day after Sun-Maid Growers ended its sponsorship, as reported by The Bee. Sun-Maid is notable not only for its name but also for its importance. The company was started in the San Joaquin Valley in the late 1890s and is based 20 minutes down Route 99 in Kingsburg. Per the Post, it announced it would be moving it headquarters back to Fresno.
The Fresno Bee also declined to immediately pull its 20-year sponsorship given the “incredible force for good in this community,