DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado Rockies officials say they investigated allegations that a fan racially insulted a Florida Marlins player in Coors Field on Sunday and determined it was a mistake. The fan was heard screaming during the ninth inning of the Rockies 13-8 win in Denver when Lewis Brinson was on strike, but Rockies officials say the man actually yelled at the mascot.
Corey Little of the Rockies said they spoke to the fan – and another person sitting nearby – and they both confirmed the man was yelling “things”.
“Also, nobody on or near the pitch, or any of our ushers or fans, heard or reported any abuse,” Little said.
An update from the Colorado Rockies on the incident at the end of yesterday’s game: pic.twitter.com/4cCS8peKnU
– Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) August 9, 2021
Officials say the Rockies do not tolerate any form of racism or discrimination and any fan who uses derogatory language of any kind will be expelled and banned from Coors Field.
Padres outfielder Tommy Pham said later Sunday that he had problems with racist taunts at Coors Field earlier this season. He tweeted: “I had a problem there earlier this year, what I don’t understand is how the stadium ushers / security are not instructed to kick these people out of the game, anyone here can clarify this nonsense.”
I had a problem there at the beginning of the year, what I don’t understand is that the ushers / security guards in the stadium are not instructed to kick these people out of the game, anyone here can clarify this nonsense
– Tommy Pham (@TphamLV) August 9, 2021