A baseball fan allegedly hurled racial slurs toward a Black Miami Marlins player during his at-bat in their contest against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, but a subsequent probe determined there was no proof of such a slur.
During the ninth inning of the game at Coors Field in Denver, a fan allegedly began to hurl racial epitaphs toward Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson, who is Black, at his final at-bat.
The fan’s remarks were picked up and heard on the Bally Sports broadcast of the game, according to Sports Illustrated.
However, the Colorado Rockies subsequently determined no such slur was uttered.
Initial reaction from those in the sports world was swift on social media, with Marlins’s play-by-play commentator Paul Severino tweeting that fan remarks like that have “no place in this world.”
“I’m absolutely disgusted at the language that was picked up by the mics late in the game today,” Severino wrote on Twitter in a since-deleted post.
“The level of hate that was displayed has no place in this world. Unfortunately it’s still far too prevalent. We need to be better. And soon. Awful.”
The Rockies initially said in a statement the team was "disgusted" at what had happened before launching its investigation.
"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 team continued.
A statement from the Colorado Rockies regarding the racial slur incident at the end of today's game: pic.twitter.com/85uN3f1pFZ— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) August 9, 2021
There have been a plethora of incidents involving fans and athletes in various sports leagues this year, including NBA stars Russell Westbrook, Trae Young and Kyrie Irving being subjected to harsh fan behavior during the league’s postseason and Boston Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo being struck with a ball by a New York Yankees fan in July.
The Hill has reached out to the MLB for comment.
This article was updated with new information and a more recent news link on Aug. 10 at 12:30 p.m.