What Had Happened Was: 6/1/17
Oh, you didn’t know? We got you.
Life comes at you fast. In this case, just two years ago, the New York Mets were playing in the World Series, and now the team is apologizing for the team mascot flipping the bird at fans. During New York’s 7-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night, Mr. Met — or more specifically, the person in the Mr. Met costume — appeared to have raised his middle finger toward the stands as he exited into the corridor.
Obviously, there was some backlash — the team issued a statement condemning the behavior — but then in a maneuver that so perfectly fits the team, fans and media started coming for the organization itself. That’s right, fans were tweeting about how the Mets (23-28) would apologize for that poor display by Mr. Met, but not for the poor product on the field; how it wasn’t the least offensive thing they had seen all season; and how the mascot doesn’t have a middle finger, a very astute observation.
A lose-lose for the Mets, but a win-win for folks on the internet.
Statement from the New York Mets. pic.twitter.com/bRVvqZoqg8
— New York Mets (@Mets) June 1, 2017
Mets' season has now reached "Mascot flipping off fans" stage https://t.co/gMVYXZ4Woh
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) June 1, 2017
This is definitely the type of story I went through four years of college for: Mr. Met flips the bird to a fan https://t.co/HJxOD8FU4r #Mets
— Ryan Michael (@ByRyanMichael) June 1, 2017
The New York Mets Apologize for Mr. Met's One-Finger Salute, Even Though He Does Not Have a Middle Finger https://t.co/uN6Gjic83X
— The Big Lead (@thebiglead) June 1, 2017
When Terry Collins mismanages the Mets bullpen every single game for a week straight pic.twitter.com/LVu6QXlRB2
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) June 1, 2017
The @Mets just issued an apology for this, even though it’s the least offensive thing a Met has done all season. https://t.co/QvRLCoAMb6
— Robert Wuhl (@RobertWuhl) June 1, 2017
The last of 3 gifted tennis sisters, @brienne_minor is the 1st African-American woman to win @NCAA D-1 singles title https://t.co/qBIFjnzddP
— Jerry Bembry (@Jerrybembry) May 31, 2017
"Hate in America, especially for an African American, is living every day," says LeBron James after racial slur spray-painted outside house. pic.twitter.com/KiCoK2nOXJ
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 31, 2017
Gate leading to LA home of LeBron James vandalized with a spray-painted racial slur https://t.co/42pXyUfm9u
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) May 31, 2017
Good reminder: even LeBron James, the most notbable black athlete in the world, ain't escaping racism. This is systemic not a few bad eggs.
— Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) May 31, 2017
not even lebron can rich himself out of someone scrawling a racial slur on his house. remember that, all you "it's really class" clowns.
— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) May 31, 2017
As LeBron deals with racial vandalism on his home, the NMAAHC discovers noose in history galleries. Fun times. https://t.co/tHXwjJn7Yq
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) May 31, 2017
A statement from our Founding Director Lonnie Bunch on the noose found in our history galleries today. pic.twitter.com/sFWVSaobhV
— Smithsonian NMAAHC (@NMAAHC) May 31, 2017
FOR THE CULTURE
An ISIS bombing killed more than a dozen people, but you probably didn’t hear about it because it wasn’t in Europe.
President Donald Trump’s administration is quietly disbanding civil rights programs in many federal agencies.
New York Police Department sergeant charged with murder in shooting of elderly woman with mental illness.
TOP THREE TWEETS
1. WHAT’S MY NAME?
Imagine jumping over the # 1 player in the country for an poster dunk just to be called JayZ nephew.
He has a name.
It's Beyoncé's Nephew https://t.co/Z9UQOrBtJu
— Playoff BRine (@BASSicallyB) May 31, 2017
2. THE LIMIT DOES NOT EXIST
my dms so empty i didnt even know there was a limit https://t.co/4LUuHtcX4l
— j. (@lifesotrill) May 30, 2017
i hate DM limit so much fam
— Maha (@halalgang_) May 30, 2017
3. APPLE DIDN’T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE
Father daughter moment about a year ago. They're inseparable but fight like an old couple 😑🙄❤ pic.twitter.com/s86F0C4oC2
— Lotty🌻 (@LottyBe_Chillin) May 30, 2017
The deadliest racial massacre in U.S. history began #otd in 1921, in the thriving Greenwood AA community of Tulsa, OK. #APeoplesJourney pic.twitter.com/05Gc1Zm9Pw
— Smithsonian NMAAHC (@NMAAHC) May 31, 2017
I dunno what's more annoying.
Rihanna getting up to a size 8 and being labeled 'fat' or the people acting like 'fat' is insulting. https://t.co/SQgJm6QZtF
— Tora Bhae (@BlackMajiik) May 31, 2017
Is Rihanna going to make being fat the hot new trend? https://t.co/DnFdi9AZy3 pic.twitter.com/r6jed6wRiQ
— Chris Spags (@ChrisSpags) May 30, 2017