After a short stay in St. Louis, right fielder Jason Heyward left for the greener pastures of Chicago and the “Best Fans in Baseball” were none to pleased.
Making his first appearance in St. Louis since signing his new eight-year deal with the Chicago Cubs, Heyward was met with more than the expected boos when he took the field for play. ESPN’s in-crowd microphones picked up the voices of racist, raucous fans calling him the N-word.
According to the New York Daily News, the voices of Cardinal fans in the crowd can be heard calling him the racists slurs. Unbeknownst to Heyward, he went on to play with the Cubs helping them cruise to a 5-0 victory. Speaking with ESPN after the game, Heyward says he full expected the boos but apparently was unaware of the racial slurs.
“If somebody boos me here, that means they were not happy to see me leave,” “I’m kind of glad that people weren’t happy to see me leave. The fans should enjoy it, and we’re going to enjoy it.”
Cardinals say they can’t pick up anything on audio..
ESPN officials have reviewed the audio of the game to determine if any slurs were heard during the live broadcast, an official told the Post-Dispatch. The official said they have “yet to pick up any tangible specifics from the ESPN game audio.”
The Cardinals have reached out to the networks that carried the game to determine if any of these taunts were audible.
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