Pro softball series canceled after flag tweet

The professional softball series between the Scrap Yard Dawgs and USSSA Pride, which was halted after one game when players from both teams protested a since-deleted tweet by Scrap Yard general manager Connie May, will not continue.

The Pride announced Wednesday that it was postponing all of its games "until further notice" after a unanimous decision by its players.

The tweet included a photo of Scrap Yard players standing during the national anthem and tagged President Donald Trump's Twitter handle with a message that included the words "Everyone respecting the FLAG!"

The two independent professional teams, whose combined rosters feature former college stars and much of the U.S. Olympic team, were scheduled to play six more games in their current series that marked the sport's return to competition and 24 more times in all this summer.

Those games, the only ones on either team's schedule, were to be split between the Pride's home in Florida and the Scrap Yard's home in Texas.

"For now, we are putting our season on hold to reflect and determine how best to move forward as a collective," the Pride said in a statement. "As an organization, the goal of USSSA Pride has always been to use our platform for positivity and for inspiring young girls. We remain committed to ensuring everyone, regardless of their color or creed, feels welcomed by us and the sport as a whole."

The Scrap Yard organization has not offered any public comment on either scheduling or the since-deleted tweet on its official account Monday night that led the entire team to walk out en masse from a postgame meeting with May and many to vow to never again play for the team.

A now-former Scrap Yard player told ESPN on Wednesday that she and her teammates were still discussing their next step but that they want to find a way to eventually continue playing in some capacity separate from the organization.

"We are still in the process of formulating a plan of what that actually looks like," the player said.