Tumminello said Hale added the shirt to the merchandise available for purchase on the team’s website when the coronavirus pandemic struck in the spring.
“It was done as a joke.”The image on the shirt – a Baltimore Blast team logo and American flag on the front and a crossed-out image of the map of China on the back – has now been taken off the website.
Informed that the shirt, pitched as the “Blast Strong China Shirt,” has been condemned on social media as racist, Tumminello responded, “Who’s saying that?”“Well, it’s a free country,” he observed.
“They can say anything they want.”Does he regard the shirt as racist?
“I am deeply disturbed the Blast is selling racist, jingoistic anti-China shirts,” activist Owen Silverman Andrews tweeted, providing text of an email he said he sent to the team.