The Cubs tracked down the fan, who they won’t name, after footage showed him making the sign behind reporter Doug Glanville during a game against the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field earlier this week.
The man was seen wearing a gray Cubs hoodie and shifting in his seat to display the sign behind Glanville for several seconds.
This POS flashing a white supremacy sign 🤦🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/cucQDECOfM
— Talking Baseball (@Baseball_Lifee) May 8, 2019
The Cubs Issued a statement regarding the ban:
Statement from Crane Kenney on Conclusion of May 7 On-Air Broadcast Incident Investigation:
We have investigated the incident that occurred at Wrigley Field on May 7, 2019, where an individual was observed on camera using an offensive hand gesture that is associated with racism. The long-standing Chicago Cubs Guest Code of Conduct is in place to ensure a safe, comfortable and enjoyable environment for all fans and prohibits unacceptable behavior. After a review of last night’s broadcast footage, we concluded this individual’s actions violated the Guest Code of Conduct.
As a result, after repeated attempts to reach this individual by phone, we sent a letter to the individual notifying him of our findings and our decision that, effectively immediately, he will not be permitted on the grounds of Wrigley Field or other ticketed areas indefinitely. We further communicated if he attempts to enter Wrigley Field or other ticketed areas he may be subject to prosecution for criminal trespass to property.
We are not disclosing the name of the individual to the general public and will not be making any further comment on the matter.
Cubs president of baseball operations, Theo Epstein, said the fan’s behavior was “truly disgusting.”
“It gave me shivers to watch that, to see that take place at Wrigley Field. Appropriately, we’ve made clear how egregious and unacceptable that behavior is, and there’s no place for that in society, in baseball, and Wrigley Field.
“The person responsible for that gesture will never be welcomed back at Wrigley Field,” he added.
Cubs officials dismissed the notion that it also may have merely been part of the ‘circle game’ where people attempt to trick friends into looking into a circle made by two fingers, before being allowed to punch them in the arm.
“It doesn’t matter either way,”said Cubs spokesman Julian Green said.
“This was bad judgment on the part of the individual. Whether sophomoric behavior or some other stunt, to use that in connection with a respected journalist, who happens to be African American, and doing his job to deliver enjoyment to our fans is ignorant. It has no place at Wrigley Field.”
Pretty crazy if they banned a guy for doing the circle prank.
I guess you have to be pretty careful what you’re doing on a live broadcast during a game.
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