The Truth Behind That Viral Video of Ozzie Albies Embracing Ronald Acuña Hit With Homophobic Jokes

ATLANTA, GA - JULY 15: Ozzie Albies #1 of the Atlanta Braves reacts after sliding into third after a throwing error allows him to advance off a single in the third inning of an MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at SunTrust Park on July 15, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ozzie Albies

The Truth Behind That Viral Video of Ozzie Albies Embracing Ronald Acuña Hit With Homophobic Jokes

"Hyper masculinity has poisoned our community for far too long."

Published August 1, 2018

During Sunday's MLB game between the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers, Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuña Jr. were caught in a friendly embrace that resulted in many homophobic comments. 

In the dugout, Albies was seen holding and massaging Acuña Jr. During the broadcast of the game, the announcers made remarks making fun of the gentleman, who were also teased on social media. 

  1. A post shared by LBS (@lovebscott) on

  2. Upon seeing the video, some people found the embrace inappropriate for two grown men

    While there were several rumors as to why the men were holding each other, nothing has been confirmed. Many fans familiar with Albies and Acuña Jr. have stated the teammates are great friends from countries where it is not uncommon for men to show each other affection. 

  3. The toxic masculinity exhibited after the clip went viral was thoroughly shut down on Twitter

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

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