Baseball team The Cubs have officially banned a fan for life after an incident that took place at Tuesday night's game
The Cubs team president Theo Epstein made an announcement on Wednesday - saying that the team was able to identify the fan's name who flashed a "white power" hand gesture during the broadcast of Tuesday night's game against the Marlins.
At a news conference, Epstein declared that the fan would not be able to set foot Wrigley Field again, CBS News reports.
"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 it's important to have a strong response to send a message that this is a place of inclusion."
NBC Sports Chicago reporter Doug Glanville, who is black, was on the air during the third inning of the Cubs' game against the Marlins when a fan made the hand gesture, a silent symbol for "white power." Many on Twitter noticed and expressed their shock.
The Chicago Cubs and and Red Sox fan base are kissin cousins when it comes to racism. https://t.co/6Mbf4ujaTq— Kyle Harvey (@HarveyWins) May 9, 2019
Though it resembles an OK sign, the gesture's origins can be traced back to the trolls on the internet message board 4Chan - who invented it as a hoax - according to the Anti-Defamation League, which tracks the activities of hate groups. It has since evolved into a symbol used by members of the alt-right and white supremacists.
Once upon a time it was the circle game. But it has since turned into a known symbol for white nationalism and fascism. https://t.co/OnetvtvgOU— Jeremy Orr (@jeremyforr) May 9, 2019
Hours after the incident was caught on camera, Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said in a statement to CBS Chicago that the team was investigating the incident.
If you flashed that symbol upside down it could be considered a symbol of white power. Flashing it down literally makes a WP...the other way makes OK 👀👀— Daylan Love (@thedudelove5) May 8, 2019
"An individual seated behind Mr. Glanville used what appears to be an offensive hand gesture that is associated with racism," Kenney said. "Such ignorant and repulsive behavior is not tolerated at Wrigley Field.
Now neo-nazi mass murderers are playing it in court. How times have changed... https://t.co/6UfN01X9mq— Susan B. Adams PhD🇺🇸🦅 (@ZenOhmattica) May 10, 2019
The Cubs said if fans see any derogatory behavior at Wrigley Field, they should report it to ballpark staff. The team said any fan who does something like this during a game will be removed and permanently banned.