A fan accused of making racist comments and derogatory gestures at a Hispanic family was banned by the Texas Rangers for an indefinite number of future home games.
In a statement released Friday, the club said, “The Texas Rangers are committed to providing a safe and welcoming fan experience for everyone who attends our home games. After reviewing information relating to the exchange that took place at last Saturday’s game in which a family was subjected to offensive comments and a profane gesture made by a nearby guest, we are notifying the individual that he violated the club’s fan code of conduct and is indefinitely prohibited from attending Rangers home games. We don’t plan to comment further. Thank you.”
In a Facebook post shortly after the Rangers played the Detroit Tigers on Saturday at Globe Life Park, Jessica Romero pointed out that the man “made it perfectly clear during the second inning that he is not a fan of Hispanics.”
She posted a picture on Facebook of herself with husband Ramon and their young son from that shows the man seated directly behind them making a derogatory gesture. She said he intentionally aimed to ruin the photo.
“Sadly this is not the first or the last time we will ever experience this kind of racism,” Romero added.
She was pleased to hear from supporters throughout the country, telling the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “It’s kind of amazing to me how kind people are and the words they’re sending.”
The Romeros were offered tickets to any home game this season by the Rangers, who said they wanted to “make their next trip to Globe Life Park a memorable and enjoyable experience.”
–Field Level Media