Lyou Colorado Rockies clarified that an amateur suspected of throwing an iRacist insult to outfielder Lewis Brinsonof the Florida Marlins, he was actually trying to get the attention of “Dinger, “the purple dinosaur that is the team’s mascot.
The team reported Monday that fans who were sitting near the suspect contacted the team in defense of the spectator after the Rockies issued a statement expressing outrage at the epithet thrown at Brinson when he was getting ready to go to the batting cage in eninth inning from Colorado’s 13-8 win on Sunday.
The team then contacted the fan, who explained that it was a huge misunderstanding and that he was just trying to get Dinger’s attention, which was two sections away. The Rockies did not reveal the man’s identity.
Their screams were caught on the television broadcast of both teams, although they can be heard more clearly in the transmission of the channel Bally Sports Florida than in Colorado because Rockies commentator Drew Goodman was speaking at the time.
No one on the field, including Brinson, reacted to the screams. After the game, Marlins spokesman Jason Latimer said the team was aware of the video.
“Neither Lewis nor any other Marlins player on the field or in the dugout heard what had been yelled at,” stressed in a text message to The Associated Press. “We raised the incident with the Rockies. As for the way the matter is being handled, I would have to stick with them.”
The Rockies had condemned the alleged racist conduct in a statement Sunday night.
“The Colorado Rockies are outraged by a fan’s racist insult directed at Lewis Brinson, of the Marlins, in the ninth inning of the game today, “the document reads.” Although the subject has not been identified before the end of the game, the Rockies continue to investigate the incident. “