A minor league baseball team received some attention after its team jersey featured a Blue Lives Matter patch.
Now the team’s general manager is speaking out and defending the uniform accoutrement.
The Aberdeen IronBirds, which is a Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, sparked interest on social media after one of its players was featured in a photo that showcased his Blue Lives Matter patch, which was affixed to the back of the uniform.
Twitter user BaltiMurph shared the image of the player, writing, “Hey, the Ironbirds jersey has a Blue Lives Matter flag on the uniform instead of the American flag. Seems like someone should write something about it.”
The photo made rounds on the internet, which sparked a response from IronBirds general manager Matt Slatus.
Slatus told The Baltimore Sun that the flag on the uniforms is to honor two Harford County sheriff’s deputies, Patrick Dailey and Mark Logsdon, who were killed in action in 2016.
Dailey was 52 years old, and a 30-year veteran of the sheriff’s office. Logsdon was 43 years old, and a 16-year veteran of the sheriff’s office. It is believed that Dailey and Logsdon were the first officers killed by gunfire while on duty in more than a century.