- The Chicago Cubs announced that a fan who appeared to make a white supremacy hand gesture on live TV has been banned from Wrigley Field for life.
- At a May 7 game, the fan was filmed making an upside-down OK gesture with his hand behind NBC Sports Chicago analyst Doug Glanville.
- The gesture has been associated with white supremacist groups and can be traced back to 4chan users who invented it as a hoax.
- Crane Kenney, the Cubs president of business operations, said the man could face criminal trespassing charges if he is seen trying to enter the stadium in the future.
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A Chicago Cubs fan who appeared to make a white supremacy hand gesture behind a black reporter on live TV has been banned from Wrigley Field indefinitely, the team announced.
Crane Kenney, the Cubs’ president of business operations, said in a statement on Wednesday that the team had come to the decision after reviewing footage of the incident from a May 7 game against the Miami Marlins.
In footage from the game, the man can be seen sitting behind NBC Sports Chicago analyst Doug Glanville, making an upside-down OK gesture with his hand, which according to the Anti-Defamation League has been associated with white supremacist groups and can be traced back to 4chan users who invented it as a hoax.
Kenney said the man, who has not been named publicly, “violated the Guest Code of Conduct” and would not be welcome back at the stadium.
“The long-standing Chicago Cubs Guest Code of Conduct is in place to ensure a safe, comfortable and enjoyable environment for all fans and prohibits unacceptable behaviour,” Kenney said.
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He said the team tried to reach the man by phone, but after unsuccessful attempts, they sent a letter to his home notifying him of their decision.
The statement said that if the man tried to enter Wrigley Field or any of its ticketed areas in the future, he may face criminal trespass charges.
Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ president of baseball operations, called the man’s actions “truly disgusting” to ABC News.
“I think, appropriately, we’ve made clear how egregious and unacceptable that behaviour is, and there’s no place for it in our society, in baseball, and certainly no place at Wrigley Field,” he said.
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