The Rockies will need to have answers shortly after a spectator at Coors Field yelled the N word at least twice while the Marlins’ Lewis Brinson was hitting in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game.
The audio of the insults was picked up by field microphones used for the transmission of the game.
The Rockies said in a statement Sunday night that they do not know who said the word, but are “disgusted” by the fact.
“Although the subject was not identified before the end of the game, the Rockies are still investigating this incident,” the team said. “The Rockies have zero tolerance for any form of racism or discrimination, and any fan who uses derogatory language of any kind will be kicked out of Coors Field.”
The insults during Brinson’s plate appearance, which is Black, became loud and clear in the broadcast (may listen through this link), although Marlins spokesman Jason Latimer told The Associated Press that Brinson did not listen to what was said.
“Neither Lewis, nor any other Marlins on the field or on the bench, heard what was yelled at,” the AP quoted Latimer in a text message. “We brought the matter to the attention of the Rockies. I would have to give them the way the matter is being handled.”
Marlins TV announcer play-by-play Paul Severino he immediately apologized on air for the insults that were audible, but nevertheless. He said later on Twitter he was “upset” by what he heard.
“The level of hatred that was displayed has no place in this world. Unfortunately, it is still too prevalent. We need to be better. And soon. Horrible,” he wrote.
Brinson had not commented on social media as of Sunday night. The outfielder was 2 of 4 with two RBIs in the game.
Media on Twitter questioned why the Rockies were unable to identify and punish the offender in near real time.
The fact that this person was not found immediately, that no stadium worker found out and, above all, that no fan pointed out the person is very annoying. About us? https://t.co/W4LlvXitgU
– Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) August 9, 2021
Couldn’t you identify a guy who yelled the harsh R for everyone within range, and especially Lewis Brinson, to hear? No fan was upset enough to say or do anything? Did they laugh at that? Did you applaud it? Guy knew his surroundings well enough to feel that there would be no consequences. https://t.co/mURxW9XRE4
– Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) August 9, 2021
What happened to Lewis Brinson today was disgusting. And the people who sat down and let someone say the n-word repeatedly to someone are just as guilty as the racist piece of shit who said it.
– Russell Dorsey (@ Russ_Dorsey1) August 9, 2021
To all the people who were sitting around the disgusting human who was yelling a racial slur at Lewis Brinson today in Colorado, PLEASE come forward so this person can be identified and hopefully permanently banned from ALL MLB stadiums . This can not be tolerated. #mlb #Rocky Mountains
– Kristie Rieken (@kristieAP) August 9, 2021
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.