NEWARK, NJ (PIX11)—A beer pong tournament organized by the Newark Bears baseball team to raise $2,000 for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D), was canceled Wednesday amidst controversy.
On the face of it, the idea seemed simple. Only the donation would be made at the team-sponsored beer pong tournament at the Bears' stadium. And the donation would be made in the name of their pitching coach, Jim Leyritz, the former New York Yankees player who was involved in a drunk driving crash that killed a woman in Florida in 2007. Leyritz will be retiring soon from his position with the Newark Bears.
One team official told PIX 11 News the team wanted to hold a legal event for M.A.D.D. at the stadium which is walking distance from two rail lines and a bus line, and was trying to promote responsible behavior. As the day went on, the buzz over the controversial event continued to grow, and according to a report, Leyritz was stunned when he heard from a friend his name was being associated with the idea. At that same time, M.A.D.D. decided it would not accept the donation from the Cam-Am League team.
And so, the idea was scrapped, and the nickname "boozy news bears" will wait for another day.