Baseball Fan Banned From Fenway Park For Life After Using A Racial Slur
The Boston Red Sox have banned a fan from Fenway Park for life after another fan reported the man for uttering a racial slur about a Kenyan woman who sang the National Anthem before the ball game Tuesday night.
Calvin Hennick, a white man who was attending the game with his 6-year-old, mixed-race son, overheard a fan say, “It was too long, and she n******* it up.” Hennick, surprised to hear such a phrase, asked the man to clarify what he’d just said.
“That’s right,” the man responded, according to Hennick. “And I stand by it.”
Hennick immediately found an usher and informed him of what the man said. Hennick was asked to identify the man who then denied using the racist phrase before being removed from the stadium and told not to come back.
This incident came just one day after Red Sox fans shouted racial slurs at a visiting Baltimore Orioles player from the stands. Following that incident, the Boston team vowed to have a “zero-tolerance policy regarding racial taunts,” and it seems they are taking it seriously.
“Yes, it was a racial comment,” Red Sox club President Sam Kennedy said of the incident. “It was a racial comment used to describe the national anthem that was taking place, the performance of the national anthem. It was sickening to hear.”
“I’m here to send a message loud and clear that the behavior, the language, the treatment of others that you’ve heard about and read about is not acceptable,” Kennedy continued.
“Yesterday, I think I was angered, frustrated, and today I feel more a sense of sadness,” he said. “Just deep remorse that these things happen in our society. But it’s the reality of the world that we live in and it’s incumbent upon those of us in leadership positions to deal with them, tackle them head on, address them and work together to try and stamp them out so that they don’t happen again.”
“I want to thank the fan who raised this issue, who did exactly what we asked the fans to do yesterday while all this was going on,” Kennedy said of the incident that Hennick brought to light. “As soon as they felt uncomfortable, and they heard inappropriate and offensive language, they went right to an usher, and to our security, Boston police, and this issue was dealt with swiftly and effectively by our team here.”