The Rockies now say an alleged racial slur used by a fan during Sunday’s 13-8 win over the Marlins was actually a fan shouting “Dinger” — the name of the team’s mascot.
That came after new video footage of the incident had raised questions about whether the N-word was actually said. Videos appear to show the fan waving his arm, attempting to get Dinger’s attention in a nearby seat.
A Denver news reporter who spoke to the Rockies organization said the team interviewed the fan about the incident.
“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,” Steve Staeger, a reporter for Denver’s 9News tweeted Monday.
“The Rockies have spoken to the fan who confirms this is the case. They’ve also reviewed video from the local broadcast.”
When the incident occurred in the ninth inning, Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson was at bat, which led fans to believe a racial slur was being aimed at him.
“The Rockies tell me no one on the field, including Brinson, heard anything offensive,” Staeger shared in a third tweet.
In a fourth tweet, Staeger said the Rockies worked with local broadcast network AT&T Sportsnet to identify the location of the microphone that picked up the comment.
Shortly after the situation made headlines, the Rockies released a statement and said they were investigating the alleged racial slur.
Major League Baseball Player’s Association Executive Director and former Yankee Tony Clark condemned the alleged racist act in a statement of his own on Sunday night.