Aubrey Huff's Twitter fingers are the reason the San Francisco Giants will exclude him from being a part of their upcoming 2010 World Series reunion.
On Monday, the Giants released a statement explaining that the organization has informed Huff that he's not welcome to attend the event because of some ill-advised tweets that align with far-right ideologies.
"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 statement reads. "While we appreciate the many contributions that Aubrey made to the 2010 championship season, we stand by our decision."
Huff was a key piece of the team's championship run, but after retiring from baseball, he's been vocal on Twitter about his support for President Donald Trump. That alone wouldn't be enough to soil his standing with the team, but he's also made some pretty xenophobic and misogynist statements along the way. In a since-deleted tweet, Huff wrote about kidnapping women from Iran so "we can bring them back here as they fan us and feed us grapes." He also posted an alarming tweet about taking violent measures if Bernie Sanders becomes president.
After news of his exclusion was made public, Huff took to (where else) Twitter, where he released a statement of his own. He acknowledged that Giants CEO Larry Baer informed him that he wasn't invited due to his tweets, adding that the decision won't curb his political opinion or outspoken nature.
"When I asked why I wasn’t invited [Baer] told [me] that the board didn’t approve of my Twitter posts, and my political support of Donald Trump. My locker room humor on Twitter is meant to be satirical, and sarcastic. And it was that type of humor that loosened up the clubhouse in 2010 for our charge at a World Series title. They loved it then, and it hasn’t changed. That’s not the issue. It’s politics," Huff wrote.
"I find this whole thing very hypocritical coming from a man who has had his share of real controversy for pushing his wife for which he had to take a break from the Giants and issue a formal apology. All I did was tweet," he continued. "I’m proud of what I accomplished in my 3 years with the Giants. I made lifelong memories with teammates that can never be taken away from me. And while I’m disappointed the Giants are so opposed to President Trump, and our constitutional rights that they’d uninvite me to my teams reunion, it shows me that now more than ever we have to stand up for our first 1st amendment rights. Otherwise, the America we know and love is already dead."