The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays did not cover their game on social media platforms on Thursday night but instead used their profiles to raise awareness about gun violence in the midst of the gruesome crime at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school on Tuesday.
“In lieu of coverage and in collaboration with the Tampa Bay Rays, we will be using our channels to offer facts about the impacts of gun violence,” the New York Yankees wrote on the team’s official Twitter account.
A race-related mass killing took place earlier this month in the Yankees’ home state of New York when a white 18-year-old went to a mostly Black neighborhood in Buffalo and killed ten people.
One of the latest shootings had a tight connection to the Tampa Bay Rays. Brooks Raley, a pitcher for the Rays, comes from Uvalde, a little town of 16,000 people where another 18-year-old shooter massacred 21 people last week, including 19 children.
In the aftermath of the atrocities, the Rays revealed that their team organization had donated $50,000 to Everytown for Gun Safety’s Support Fund.
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