The Colorado Rockies launched an investigation last night after allegations of a man yelling a racial slur at a Marlins player. A man was accused of yelling the n-word at Marlins’ outfielder Lewis Brinson, who is black. It was later revealed that the accused man was yelling at the Rockies’ mascot, “Dinger.”
The Rockies immediately put out a statement regarding the alleged racial slur and indicated that an investigation was underway. “The Colorado Rockies are disgusted at the racial slur by a fan directed at the Marlins’ Lewis Brinson during the ninth inning of today’s game,” the statement said. “The Rockies have zero tolerance for any form of racism or discrimination, and any fan using derogatory language of any kind will be ejected and banned from Coors Field.”
MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark also issued a statement immediately following the incident. “It is a painful reality that progress continues to be elusive in a world where ignorance and bigotry remain commonplace,” Clark said on behalf of the MLB Player’s Union. “While many are truly committed to respect and equality for all, the abhorrent racial animus displayed today highlights that there is still much work to be done.” Several sports writers also rushed to Twitter in order to signal how appalled they were.
On Monday, 9News reporter Steve Saeger reported that no racial slur was used. “The Rockies tell me last night’s incident was a fan shouting to get the attention of the Rockies mascot Dinger, not a racial slur. The Rockies have spoken to the fan who confirms this is the case. They’ve also reviewed video from the local broadcast,” said Saegar. Brinson also told reporters that he did not hear a racial slur while speaking with reporters after the game.
“After a thorough investigation that included calls, emails and video clips, the Colorado Rockies have concluded that the fan was indeed yelling for Rockies mascot Dinger,” the organization said in a follow-up statement. “The Rockies remain committed to providing an inclusive environment for all fans, players and guests at Coors Field.”