Danielle O’Toole is in sizzling water.
The pitcher apologized Monday after members of the Mexico Softball Ladies’s Nationwide Staff have been criticized for leaving their jerseys in Tokyo.
Mexican boxer Brianda Tamara Cruz Sandoval discovered the crew’s uniforms within the trash and was essential of how her compatriots handled their uniforms.
“This uniform represents years of effort, sacrifice and tears. All Mexican athletes yearn to put on it with dignity, and at the moment the Mexican softball crew sadly left all of it within the rubbish of the Olympic Village,” Cruz Sandoval wrote, initially in Spanish.
O’Toole — who stated she introduced her recreation jerseys house — apologized to her followers and teammates, saying she takes “duty” for leaving some clothes in Tokyo.
“We should always have requested extra questions, regarded into donating, something besides leaving them the way in which we did and for that I’m extraordinarily sorry,” O’Toole wrote on Instagram.
She cited restricted house in her suitcase and confusion with the postal service within the Olympics as the explanations the uniforms have been left behind.
“From the underside of my coronary heart. I attempted very arduous to suit as a lot as I may – clothes, toiletries, and gadgets of sentimental worth into the one suitcase that was allowed,” O’Toole stated. “Nonetheless, there isn’t any justifying it, we may have performed extra. I’m sorry, and hope that you simply all can settle for my apology.”
Whereas the uniforms have been discovered within the trash, O’Toole stated not one of the athletes — 14 of the 15 gamers on the crew have been born in the USA — maliciously threw them away.
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“It has been heartbreaking to see what number of of you’re dissatisfied and harm by actions I really meant no hurt in doing,” O’Toole stated. “The quantity of hateful and threatening feedback all of us have obtained from individuals assuming that we threw every thing away has been overwhelming.”
Most of the hateful feedback centered round O’Toole’s choice to take house her bedding as an alternative of her uniform. The 27-year-old thought she was capable of take her bedspread house as a memento.
“Once we arrived in Tokyo, the dual mattress sheet that was supplied got here with a journey bag. It was an assumption that we as athletes may take them as presents,” O’Toole stated. “We weren’t conscious that they’d be used for the subsequent particular person in that room. This doesn’t change the truth that we took what was not meant to be ours, however I hope you notice it was performed with none information that we’d be inflicting a difficulty for the Tokyo organizers.”
O’Toole pitched a whole recreation for Mexico of their 3-2 loss to Canada within the bronze-medal recreation, ending her match with an 0-2 report and 1.24 ERA over 17 innings.
“Carrying Mexico throughout my chest has been an honor and a privilege,” O’Toole stated. “I might by no means throw something away with malicious intent or to disrespect the nation we labored so arduous for. I selected to characterize Mexico. I’m grateful to my household who got here to the U.S. and labored arduous so I may have this life. So I may play within the Olympics and reside out my dream. Earlier than this story circulated, we as a crew have been receiving love, heartfelt messages, and we may really feel your positivity radiate via.
“I’ve by no means needed something extra in my life than to make it possible for we introduced a medal again to Mexico.”
To conclude her assertion, the College of Arizona graduate who initially hails from Upland, Calif., introduced she was retiring from worldwide competitors and had performed her final recreation for Mexico.
“I’ve performed my final recreation for Mexico, my white jersey has dust and tears on it from our final recreation and it’ll keep that means ceaselessly,” O’Toole stated. “I will probably be hanging my jerseys in my house as a result of we achieved one thing historic. As a result of I’m proud to be Mexican. Happy with my heritage. Proud to have had the respect of representing Mexico.”