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The Cubs Fan Who Flashed ‘White Power’ Sign Behind Black Reporter Is Now Banned For Life


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.

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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.”

Team President Theo Epstein announced on Wednesday that the fan was properly identified and disciplinary action had been taken against him.

“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.”


The Cubs have not commented further on the issue, except to say the fan in question is banned for life.



Written by Mike Walsh

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