Brett Anderson uses DFA news to knock President Trump's transgender military ban

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/players/8409/" data-ylk="slk:Brett Anderson">Brett Anderson</a> worked in a jab at President Trump’s transgender military ban after being DFAed by Cubs. (AP)
Brett Anderson worked in a jab at President Trump’s transgender military ban after being DFAed by Cubs. (AP)

Brett Anderson had quite the interesting afternoon on Wednesday. The veteran left-hander saw his short and mostly ineffective stint with the Chicago Cubs come to a likely end after being designated for assignment. But that wasn’t close to the craziest part of his day.

Anderson, who isn’t one to stay quiet under any circumstances, got social media buzzing after tying in President Donald Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from the military into his predicament, calling it an alienation of an important group that helps protect the United States.

As one of the most outspoken and thought-provoking professional athletes on Twitter, it should come as no surprise Anderson worked that reference in there when he knew some extra eyes would be coming to his account.

Of course there’s always some push back too when athletes bring politics into social media, but Anderson’s tweet seemed to garner a lot of support.

President Trump’s controversial decision has already been met with some serious backlash, and Anderson’s tweet is just one of thousands, if not millions, that stand firmly against it. Agree or not, you have to respect that he’s not afraid to step out and add his voice to issues that people are talking about.

From a baseball perspective, Anderson’s future is uncertain right now. The 29-year-old left-hander has been on the disabled list since May 7 with a back issue, and unfortunately has spent much of his once promising career on the sideline.

He’s been a tough guy to trust, but because of his age and the ability he’s shown when healthy, someone should be willing to take a chance. It just won’t be a major commitment, and it might not be in a situation as good as the Cubs’, who figure to contend for a World Series championship again.


Wherever he goes, we know he’ll be working hard to earn his opportunity. We’ll also know exactly how he’s feeling, about everything from baseball to politics, every step of the way.

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