- Miami Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson was the focus of a controversy when a Rockies fan was accused of shouting the N-word at him.
- Upon further review, the fan was actually yelling at Dinger, the Rockies’ mascot.
- Brinson was asked about the incident on Monday and thinks it might be time for the mascot’s name to be changed.
- More MLB news here.
The top sports story on Monday had nothing to do with anything that happened on the field. It was the controversy surrounding a Colorado Rockies fan who was accused of shouting the N-word at Miami Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson during Sunday’s game at Coors Field.
Further investigation of the incident revealed that the Rockies fan was actually yelling at Dinger, the Rockies’ mascot.
Lewis Brinson, who did not hear the fan shouting during the game, learned about it afterwards, and on Monday Brinson was asked about the incident before the Marlins’ game against the San Diego Padres.
“My initial reaction was upset, man. Nobody wants to be called that. It’s a disrespectful, disgusting word that belittles my people, Black people. It’s a disgusting word and nobody wants to hear it. I was in shock,” said Brinson.
“I’m getting a lot of love and support on Instagram and I’m sure on Twitter. I appreciate that wholeheartedly, 100%. Again I’m a human, I have sympathy. If he was yelling for the mascot, I am sorry for any backlash or any unnecessary attention he’s getting right now.
“But this does happen in our game. I don’t know if a lot of people know this. Again personally, I’ve never been called that … but I know a lot of Black players have and it’s disgusting and needs to stop like right now. There’s no place for that in sports, there’s no place for that in life. I just don’t want to have that situation thrown under the rug.”
“So I watched the video at least 50 times in the past 15-16 hours,” said Brinson. “I watched it a lot, especially when I heard that he said Dinger instead of the N-word.
“I personally — this is again my personal opinion — I personally keep hearing the N-word. It’s not that I want to hear it, I never want to hear it. Personally I’ve never been called that in person to my face on the baseball field, outside the baseball field, ever, so I don’t know what my reaction would be if I got called that.
“But to now, saying that again, I haven’t talked to the Rockies or that fan personally. If that’s the case, then I’m sorry for any backlash or anything he’s getting right now.”
Brinson also added, “Maybe change the mascot’s name. It sounds a little similar, especially on video.”
The Rockies have stated that they have no plans to change the mascot’s name.