Rockies Say Fan Was Calling to Mascot, Not Shouting a Slur
After investigating reports that a fan shouted a racial insult during a game at Coors Field in Denver on Sunday, the Colorado Rockies determined that the fan was in fact shouting for the team’s mascot, Dinger, a said Monday a spokesperson for the team.
The incident occurred in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game against the Miami Marlins, with Miami outfielder Lewis Brinson, who is black, at the plate. The town crier’s words were picked up by the microphones of the television and many people thought he had used a racial slur.
The Marlins TV broadcaster made a statement on his Twitter account after the game, saying he was disgusted with the language. The Rockies echoed this in their own statement and said they would investigate the matter. Tony Clark, the head of the players’ union, also issued a statement Sunday night, bemoaning the incident when he thought it had happened.
But other camera angles surfaced on Monday showing a man appearing to gesture at Dinger, a purple dinosaur mascot, who appeared to be nearby in the stands. It is not known how close the man was to the microphone and if Brinson heard him. Brinson never seemed to react.
Although this event appears to have been a misunderstanding, there have been incidents where players have reported racial abuse in stadiums.
In 2017, Adam Jones, then an outfielder with the Baltimore Orioles, said he was called a racial insult while playing against the Red Sox in the Fenway Park outfield in Boston.
After Jones detailed his experience to USA Today, Red Sox fans in Fenway Park gave Jones a standing ovation the next day.
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