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Rockies Say Fan Accused Of Shouting Racial Slur Was Just Calling To Awkwardly-Named Mascot

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Poor timing and even poorer sound quality picked up what fans thought was a man shouting a racial slur during a Colorado Rockies baseball game. In actually, the fan was trying to get a photo with the teams mascot.

The incident was caught on the live broadcast of the game. He shouted loud enough for his voice to be heard as he sat behind the home plate.

Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson was up a bat for the top of the ninth inning, which prompted many onlookers to assume he was shouting a slur at the player.

Marlins sportscaster Paul Severino had tweeted:

"I'm absolutely disgusted at the language that was picked up by the mics late in the game today."
"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 tweet has since been deleted and replaced with an apology. An investigation took place and cleared the air for the fan accused of the incident.




The Colorado Rockies have also issued their own statement after the investigation took place. The man had merely been calling the attention of the purple dinosaur mascot called Dinger.


You can see and hear what happened in the clips tweeted by Reporter Steve Staeger, who also had a chance to talk with the fan.


Twitter users were arguing over whether this mistake could have been avoided without the persistence of what Twitter calls "Cancel Culture."










Staeger reported what the fan, who's remaining anonymous, shared with him:

"He's pretty devastated that people heard him the wrong way."
"He insists, and the video seems to back it up, that he was trying to get the mascot's attention."
"He said he shouted a few times, then the game ended and Dinger was on the field."
"He didn't hear about any of this until his daughter called him today."
"The Rockies had called her - as the seats are hers. He then saw how much the story has blown up."
"He's nervous about what happens next."

Some Twitter users suggested he get a lawyer and sue for damages.



Many also suggest they change their mascots name to prevent this mistake in the future.






The mascot's name, Dinger, actually means "home run" in baseball slang. The mascot being a dinosaur was to pay homage to the dinosaur fossil found near home plate while excavation of the field took place in 1993.