James Anthony, The Post Millennial, August 9, 2021
A Baseball fan was wrongly accused of yelling a racial slur at a player during Sunday’s game between the Colorado Rockies and the Miami Marlins.
Crowd mics picked up a person shouting while the Marlins’ Lewis Brinson was at the plate, and from there, the assumptions started to fly.
The Bleacher Report originally reported on the incident, with the headline “Rockies Investigate After Report of Fan Yelling Racial Slur at Marlins’ Lewis Brinson”:
“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,” the Rockies said.
Originally it was thought that the fan was yelling the N-word at Brinson, but, after the media frenzy, it turned out to be what critics are calling yet another “hate hoax.” The enthusiastic fan was instead calling out the name of Dinger, who is the Rockies’ mascot, trying to get his attention.
However, correction was later issued for the Bleacher Report article, stating, “Update: Steve Staeger of 9News in Denver reported on Monday that the fan was yelling the name of the team’s mascot, Dinger.”
The correction occurred, of course, after the fan was widely vilified and mobbed online.