Cubs’ Jason Heyward subjected to racist taunts in Busch Stadium: report
ST. LOUIS — Chicago Cubs’ Jason Heyward, who spent one season on the St. Louis Cardinals, returned to Busch Stadium Monday night and was greeted by a cascade of boos and, according to reports, racist slurs as well.
According to the New York Daily News, some fans could be heard yelling the n-word at Heyward during ESPN’s broadcast of the game, which was carried nationwide. Twitter users all seemed to hear something and made their feelings known.
However, nothing but boos could be heard during Heyward’s first at-bat, KTVI reports.
ESPN is reportedly reviewing its game audio but has yet to find any definitive proof of slurs being hurled Heyward’s way.
The Cubs won the game 5-0, with Heyward going 0-4 at the plate. To his credit, Heyward seemed nonplussed by the booing and alleged taunts.
“They don’t boo too often,” Heyward said in a postgame interview. “It must be someone important or someone doing something worth booing.”
Heyward decided against staying with the Cardinals, opting to sign an eight-year, $180 million deal with their NL Central Division rivals.