Colorado Rockies backtrack, say fan didn’t shout racial slurs in Sunday game



Fans listen to a musical performance at Coors Field after the ninth inning of Sunday's game.

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Fans listen to a musical performance at Coors Field after the ninth inning of Sunday’s game.


Following an investigation, the Colorado Rockies backtracked after accusing a fan of uttering racial slurs, concluding that the man was instead calling out the team’s mascot name.

“After a thorough investigation that included calls, emails and video clips from concerned fans, media and broadcast partners, the Colorado Rockies concluded that the fan was indeed screaming for the Rockies mascot Dinger in the hoping to get his attention for a photo, and there was never any racial insulting took place, ”the team said in a statement.

On Sunday, the Rockies said the organization was “disgusted by a fan’s racist comments directed at Marlins’ Lewis Brinson in the ninth inning” of Sunday’s game. Brinson, who is black, was at bat by the time the TV shows picked up the fan’s audio.

“The Rockies remain committed to providing an inclusive environment for all Coors Field fans, players and guests, and any fan using derogatory language of any kind will be expelled from Coors Field,” the statement said.

Monday, the Rockies Twitter account retweeted a message from an reporter that “apologies are from the team” for the accusation.

According to Rocky Mountain spokesman Cory Little, no one on the ground heard a vile comment, CNN affiliate KUSA reported.

A Marlins spokesperson told The Associated Press that “neither Lewis, nor any other Marlin in the field or in the dugout, heard what was being shouted.”

“We brought the matter to the attention of the Rockies. How the matter is handled, I should defer to them.

Neither the Miami Marlins nor Major League Baseball responded to CNN’s requests for comment.

The Rockies beat the Marlins 13-8 in Sunday’s game.


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