Rockies Say Fan Accused Of Shouting N-Word Was Just Calling For Mascot ‘Dinger’

NEW YORK - JULY 16: Colorado Rockies mascot Dinger poses on red carpet during the MLB All-Star Game Red Carpet Show along 42nd street on July 16, 2013 in New York


The Colorado Rockies fan who was accused on social media of shouting the n-word at Miami Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson has been cleared of any wrongdoing, according to the organization.

As it turns out, the fan was just attempting to get the attention of the team mascot, “Dinger,” during Brinson’s at-bat.

“The Rockies tell me last night’s incident was a fan shouting to get the attention of the Rockies mascot Dinger, not a racial slur,” wrote Steve Staeger of 9News on Twitter. “The Rockies have spoken to the fan who confirms this is the case. They’ve also reviewed video from the local broadcast.”

Staeger also shared a video of the incident which shows the fan attempting to get the mascot’s attention.

Neither Brinson nor anyone on the field said they heard any offensive words being shouted during the game.

When the video first began circulating, the Rockies acted quickly to condemn any racist language that may have been used during the game.

“The Colorado Rockies are disgusted at the racial slur by a fan directed at the Marlins’ Lewis Brinson during the ningth inning of today’s game. Although the subject was not identified prior to the end of the game, the Rockies are still investigating this incident,” a statement read.

“The Rockies have zero tolerance for any form of racism or discrimination, and any fan using derogatory language of any kind will be ejected and banned from Coors Field.”

Luckily, the incident turned out to be harmless.

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