Fan Shouts Racial Slur at Miami Marlins Player
A man in the stands at a Colorado Rockies home game on Sunday repeatedly and aloud shouted a racial insult at Miami Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson, who is black.
The Rockies said in a statement they were disgusted by the incident. The offender was not identified until the game was over, the Rockies said, but the team is investigating the incident.
“The Rockies have zero tolerance for any form of racism or discrimination, and any fan using derogatory language of any kind will be expelled and banned from Coors Field,” said the statement, which was posted on the site. Team web.
The incident happened early in the ninth inning at Coors Field in Denver, and the loud, cheeky screams were picked up by microphones behind the plate and clearly heard on the Marlins’ Bally Sports TV show.
Paul Severino, the Marlins’ television play-by-play announcer, denounced the incident after the match.
“I am absolutely disgusted by the language that was picked up by the microphones late in the game today,” he said on Twitter.
Tony Clark, executive director of the players’ union, said progress was needed to “ensure that racism is never tolerated on or off the pitch”.
“While many are truly committed to respect and equality for all, the odious racial animosity displayed today underscores that there is still a lot of work to be done,” said Clark.
Coors Field was the site of the Major League Baseball All-Star game on July 13. The game and the Home Run Derby were originally scheduled to be played at Atlanta Stadium, but MLB moved it to Denver after the Georgia General Assembly passed voting laws which critics said were designed to remove black votes.
Brinson, 27, did not appear to react to the abuse, and it is not known if he heard it, although he was yelled loudly at a quiet point in the action. It is not clear if nearby fans, bailiffs or security personnel opposed the abuse or attempted to stop it. The Rockies won the game 13-8, while Brinson went 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs batted in.
Other similar incidents have happened at baseball games over the years, but in most cases there was no microphone to document it. In 2017, Adam Jones shared how he was treated with the same racial insult while playing against the Red Sox in the Fenway Park outfield in Boston while a member of the Baltimore Orioles. After he spoke, other players said they had heard of similar incidents in other cities.
“Sorry you had to deal with a coward”, Jones wrote to Brinson on his Twitter account on Sunday. He then lamented how unfortunate it is not to expect athletes facing such abuse to react, adding: “We always have to be the good ones !!”
After Jones detailed his experience to USA Today, Red Sox president Sam Kennedy thanked him for bringing it to light. The next day, Red Sox fans at Fenway Park gave Jones a standing ovation in his first batting game.
European football has struggled for decades against the scourge of racism manifested by supporters in matches and online. Last month, after Italy beat England at the European Football Championships, three England players faced a wave of racial abuse on social media after failing to convert their shots on goal.
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