Saturday, August 31, 2013

Civil rights organization upset with way Reds handled Brandon Phillips tirade

Although Brandon Phillips and beat writer C. Trent Rosecrans have apparently made amends, one civil rights organization is still upset with Phillips, manager Dusty Baker, and the team over the incident, which involved Phillips unleashing a profanity-laced and personal verbal attack on Rosecrans before Wednesday's game.

The National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) is seeking a public apology from Phillips telling gossip media site TMZ, "[Brandon's] poor choice of words indicates that he may have missed the fact that verbal aggression and threats are bullying."

Aside from Phillips, the organization is also extremely steamed at Baker for "allowing his player to bully a reporter during this press conference. There are no innocent bystanders."

Additionally, NAAFA is especially angry at the Reds as a whole for failing to come forward and condemn the action by one of their players. "Putting on an anti-bullying face then allowing the blasting of a reporter's body-size is not acceptable," says NAAFA.

Here is a description of the group taken from its official site:
Founded in 1969, the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) is a non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to ending size discrimination in all of its forms. NAAFA's goal is to help build a society in which people of every size are accepted with dignity and equality in all aspects of life. NAAFA will pursue this goal through advocacy, public education, and support.
NAAFA has used the situation as a platform to spread awareness about their cause.

For what it's worth, Rosecrans tweeted out this before Saturday's game.
So, the situation appears to be a non-issue at this point for involved parties.


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