A minor league baseball team in Utah announced Friday evening that it had canceled plans for a "Caucasian Heritage Night."
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The Orem Owlz, a team associated with the Los Angeles Angels, canceled the event "in light of recent tragic events." The team was seemingly referring to the shooting in Charleston that left nine dead when a white male opened fire in a historically black church.
"Minor League Baseball, and the Orem Owlz, is about baseball, togetherness and family fun for all fans of all races, religions, and orientations," a statement said. "Our goal in this promotion, like any of our promotions, is to have fun and make fun of everyday normalcies. Our night was to include wonder bread on burgers with mayonnaise, clips from shows like Friends and Seinfeld and trying to solve the vertical leaping challenge."
[sharequote align="center"]"We understand, in light of recent tragic events, that our intentions have been misconstrued."[/sharequote]
"We understand, in light of recent tragic events, that our intentions have been misconstrued. For that, we sincerely apologize," the statement continued.
It concluded, "The Owlz are committed to all its fans, families and all fans of baseball alike - no matter who you are. The event has been removed from our promotional schedule effectively immediately."
The event was one of 38 promotions the club planned to host this year.
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