The San Francisco Giants have declined to invite former player Aubrey Huff to a planned reunion of the 2010 World Series championship squad over Huff's past social media posts, a move Huff believes is politically motivated.
The official statement from the team about the decision did not refer to political views.
"Earlier this month, we reached out to Aubrey Huff to let him know that he will not be included in the upcoming 2010 World Series Championship reunion. Aubrey has made multiple comments on social media that are unacceptable and run counter to the values of our organization," the Giants said in a statement, according to ESPN. "While we appreciate the many contributions that Aubrey made to the 2010 championship season, we stand by our decision."
However, Huff said that in a call with team CEO Larry Baer several weeks ago, Huff's support for President Donald Trump was cited as a factor.
"[Baer] took me by surprise when he told me I was unanimously voted against attending the 2010 Giants World Series Championship reunion," Huff wrote in a statement Tuesday. "When I asked why I wasn't invited he told [me] that the board didn't approve of my Twitter posts, and my political support of Donald Trump."
ESPN's report cited a post by Huff in which he said he was teaching his children how to shoot in case Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was elected president, and a since-deleted tweet Huff authored about bringing Iranian women to the U.S. to "fan us and feed us grapes."
Huff, 43, said his social media humor is not to be taken seriously and that his teammates appreciated it when they won the World Series. He also said despite the San Francisco location, not all Giants fans are liberal.
"Quite frankly, shocked. Disappointed," Huff said of the decision, according to the Athletic. "If it wasn't for me, they wouldn't be having a reunion. But if they want to stick with their politically correct, progressive bulls**t, that's fine."
The reunion is scheduled for Aug. 16.
Huff, who played first base and outfield, played in 157 games, hitting .290 with 26 homers and 86 RBIs in 2010. He retired after the 2012 season, spending the final three seasons of his 13-year career with the Giants.