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Plus-sized group wants apology from Reds

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A plus-size advocacy group is demanding to receive an apology from the Cincinnati Reds after an outburst from one of its players earlier this week, according to TMZ.com.

The National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) is outraged after a several comments were made by Brandon Phillips, second baseman of the Cincinnati Reds.

In an interview on Wednesday, Phillips interrupted Cincinnati Enquirer reporter, C. Trent Rosecrans while he was criticizing Phillips' on-base percentage in a dialogue with Reds manager, Dusty Baker.

Footage shows that Phillips used profanity to describe how he felt about Rosecran, particularly attacking his weight.

NAAFA told TMZ that Phillips' words were a form of bullying and may not have realized that "verbal aggression and threats are bullying."

The NAAFA also pointed out to TMZ that the Reds participate in anti-bully campaigns and said "the blasting of a reporter's body-size is not acceptable."

To date, a statement has not been released from the Reds about the incident.

The Cincinnati Enquirer released a statement indicating that it understood the emotions of a player during a crucial series and will move forward from the incident.

"This will not affect our coverage of the team or Phillips. We plan on moving on from this and we hope Phillips does too," said the Enquirer.

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