Astros prospect’s sexist tweet goes viral: ‘No lady needs to be on ESPN’

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During last night’s National League wild-card game between the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets, Houston Astros prospect Brooks Marlow tweeted that “No lady needs to be on ESPN talking during a baseball game ‘specially [Jessica] Mendoza.

Jessica Mendoza, a full-time analyst for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, helped call the game.

The Astros organization released a statement in opposition of Brooks’ tweet:

“We have communicated with the player, who agreed that this tweet was inappropriate and insensitive and has since apologized,” the Astros said. “We also apologize to Ms. Mendoza, who is an outstanding broadcaster that we have had the pleasure of working with this season.”

After immediately deleting the post, Marlow released an apology less than an hour later, saying his statements were inappropriate.

“I need to apologize for my tweet earlier regarding Jessica Mendoza. It was inappropriate, insensitive and does not reflect who I am.”

Mendoza won two Olympic medals as part of Team USA’s softball team and became the first female analyst for a nationally televised major league playoff game last year.