Sheen-linked Cinco de Mayo promotion criticized

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Posted: Apr 08, 2011 1:20 PM
Sheen-linked Cinco de Mayo promotion criticized

A Hispanic group isn't amused by a California minor league baseball team's Charlie Sheen spin on a Cinco de Mayo event, which includes "tiger-blood" cocktails.

The Lake Elsinore Storm's "Charlie Sheen-co de Mayo" night will also feature a taco-eating contest, Sheen-co de Mayo bobble heads and "Wild Thing" eyeglasses, based on his character in the 1989 movie "Major League.

The club's website features a brown-skinned caricature of Sheen and says it has invited the actor to "a different kind of rehab."

The promotion upset the Inland Empire Council of the League of United Latin American Citizens. Its president, Joe Olague, tells the Riverside Press-Enterprise it diminishes a significant day in Hispanic history.

Storm president David Oster says the intent isn't to hurt anyone but provide people with a good laugh.