Minor league baseball team cancels Caucasian Heritage Night

Jun 19, 2015 7:53 PM by Ross Field

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A minor league baseball team in Utah has canceled a promotion called "Caucasian Heritage Night."

The Orem Owlz, a minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, had the promotion scheduled for Aug. 10.

The team issued a statement Friday saying there had been plans to play with Caucasian stereotypes and, "We understand, in light of recent tragic events, that our intentions have been misconstrued. For that, we sincerely apologize."

The statement didn't elaborate on what led to the cancellation.

Team spokeswoman Kristen Mortensen declined to comment Friday, referring questions to the statement.

The team website originally advertised the promotion as, "Irish, Italian, Scandinavian, German.... or even Utahn! Whatever your background, celebrate it at the Home of the Owlz!"

Orem is 40 miles south of Salt Lake City.

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