The Cubs have officially identified and banned the fan who was responsible for flashing the ever-pervasive “White power” signal behind NBC Sports reporter Doug Glanville.
The broadcast aired on Tuesday night.
The action was immediately noticed by a number of fans tuned into the program.
You can see video here:
The Anti-Defamation League can trace the symbol all the way back to 4chan, but has continued to appear in unironic contexts as a symbol for White supremacy.
Crane Kenney, the president of business operations for the Chicago Cubs, said in a statement to CBS Chicago that “such ignorant and repulsive behavior is not tolerated at Wrigley Field.”
Ugh sure looks like it.— Sarah Spain (@SarahSpain) May 8, 2019
Team President Theo Epstein announced on Wednesday that the fan was properly identified and disciplinary action had been taken against him.
Yet another reason to support, and love, the Chicago Cubs organization! *standing ovation*— StagekissPDX (@StagekissPDX) May 10, 2019
Me noticing all the “white defense” lawyers in this thread. pic.twitter.com/D8Zh8uT2QQ— Kereth Powell (@kerethp) May 10, 2019
tRump flashes the same sign all of the time!— StayTrueToBlue 🍑 (@EdmondTanya) May 10, 2019
LOUDER. Trump didn't hear you.— Violetaflores (@violetaflores) May 10, 2019
“We’ve made clear how egregious and unacceptable,” Epstein said.
“That behavior has no place for it in our society, in baseball, certainly no place for it at Wrigley Field. The person responsible for that gesture will never be welcomed back at Wrigley Field. I think its important to have a strong response to send a message that this is a place of inclusion.”
#Cubs the guy sitting behind Doug glanville giving white power sign while Doug is on TV. Should lose his seat . That's bs— brian price (@theonlyprice) May 8, 2019
A white power symbol at a cubs game.... Classic racist cubs fans pic.twitter.com/mPGwPlBYCD— [Controversial Humor] Shitposting Is Art (@agshitposts) May 8, 2019
Apparently this is a white power symbol pic.twitter.com/LOcxRejzjI— E (@YungT1tty) May 9, 2019
Strike one... And you're outta here! Bitch! https://t.co/aiSDFzF6fo— Martin Hollowell (@Hoailona) May 12, 2019
I called you a racist because you said the cubs were wrong for removing a person who used the white power hand sign. You defended a people who was openly racist and you condemned the organization that did something about the racist.... you defended racism... pic.twitter.com/vTYXw1AKFi— GatorGonnaGitYa (@GatorGonnaGitYa) May 10, 2019
The Cubs have not commented further on the issue, except to say the fan in question is banned for life.