Cubs Fan Gets Lifetime Ban From Stadium For Making 'Racist' Hand Gesture

A Cubs fan who made a circular “okay” hand gesture during a live broadcast at Wrigley Field is banned for life.

Chicago, IL – A Cubs fan who made a circular “okay” hand gesture during a live broadcast at Wrigley Field has been banned from the venue for life, after many people declared that the gesture is associated with white supremacy.

The incident occurred on Tuesday night, as former Cubs outfielder and current NBC Sports Chicago reporter Doug Glanville was standing beside a dugout, the Associated Press reported.

The hand gesture was made by a Cubs fan sitting in the background, and could be seen just to the right of Glanville’s head during the live broadcast.

Team officials said they believed the man flashed the had sign in a “racist way,” Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney said, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

"An individual seated behind Mr. Glanville used what appears to be an offensive hand gesture that is associated with racism," Kenney told CNN in a statement. "Such ignorant and repulsive behavior is not tolerated at Wrigley Field."

“No one should be subjected to this type of offensive behavior,” he added.

NBC Sports Chicago Senior Vice President Kevin Cross also denounced the fan’s behavior, and said it was “disappointed” that the incident took place on their station and “at the expense” of Glanville, NBC News reported.

"We find the behavior of this fan reprehensible and clearly does not represent the great Cubs fans of our city and those around the country," Cross added.

The myth that the okay sign actually means "white power" was started by internet trolls on 4chan, an anonymous message board, in February of 2017, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

“We must flood twitter and other social media websites with spam, claiming that the OK hand sign is a symbol of white supremacy,” the anonymous poster wrote, according to ADL, a civil rights organization. “Leftists have dug so deep down into their lunacy. We must force [them] to dig more, until the rest of society ain’t going anywhere near that s--t.”

Users encouraged people to perpetuate the hoax using hashtags such as #PowerHandPrivilege and #NotOkay, created fake social media and email accounts, and bombarded journalists and civil rights organizations with the misinformation.

It appears that the person was playing a viral trend known as the "circle game" where the goal is to make somebody look at your hand making the OK sign below waist level.

But team officials disagreed.

"If it is believed to be the Circle game, then this person made a bad judgment call by using a symbol associated with racism above an African American reporter's head while he's doing his job on live TV," Cubs spokesperson Julian Green told WGN. "This is something we are not going to drop."

Wrigley Field security officers responded to the seat where the fan had been sitting, but he was already gone, Green told the Associated Press.

The fan was not the season ticket holder, and had purchased the ticket through StubHub, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Team officials said they tried to reach him by phone several times on Wednesday, but he never answered.

They ultimately sent him a letter letting him know that the team had banned him from the venue indefinitely, effective immediately.

If he tries to return to the field in the future, he could be arrested for criminal trespass, Kenney said.

Cubs President Theo Epstein was appalled by the incident, and called it “truly disgusting.”

“It gave me shivers to watch that,” Epstein said. “That [it] would take place at Wrigley Field.”

He noted that the fan has been made aware that he will “never be welcome back” to the venue, WGN reported.

"We've made clear how egregious and unacceptable that behavior is, and there's no place for it in our society, in baseball and certainly no place in Wrigley Field," Epstein reiterated.

Glanville said he wasn’t aware of what had occurred until after he finished the segment, and said he appreciated how team officials handled the situation, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

“They have displayed sensitivity as to how the implications of this would affect me as a person of color," Glanville told NBC News in a statement.

Comments (40)
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THEDUKE
THEDUKE

EVERYTHING is considered racist to those who seek to find it. This guy needs decaf.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

OK

LEO0301
LEO0301

Good grief! The most sensitive race, EVER!

Keagan Thomas
Keagan Thomas

GUYS GUYS GUYS ITS BECAUSE HE"S WHITE!!!! REEEEEEEE!!!!

gfc1963
gfc1963

What a load of rubbish!

Bud
Bud

I agree, it's because he is white, and gawd forbid someone say or do anything offensive where a black in concerned. I don't believe that's what he meant, but I do believe that the Cubs organization is running scared.

walkintall
walkintall

Like THEDUKE said.....These jerks need to back off on the caffeine. Holy Crappoli.

logdiva
logdiva

Can we please stop the planet? I need to push some people off!!! That is so not what that means! Hes probably a veteran and it's a game called "made you look" Stop being offended by everything! Good grief!!!

Wwolfwp61
Wwolfwp61

Just when I thought I had already read the stupidest thing I could today...this pops up! How do you sign "Ok" in "racist way"? Is it anything like the Rocky Horror picture show "Time Warp"?

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

That looks like a typical gang banger sign to me! If it had been a black hand and a white reporter, the black hand would have received applause. Bullcaca!

cspcapt
cspcapt

I suppose if he made a black power sign nothing would have happened

Jones24
Jones24

Looks like what we did in high school. You get punched if you look at it. Why is everything we do now a days racist?

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

I consider him a thug!! There is enough of this kinda crap going on without some stupida$& doing it behind his back like a coward.

JLo1
JLo1

Only whites can be racist! {rolling my eyes}

CrimeDoc
CrimeDoc

How did he do ANYTHING “in a racist way”? Chicago...the meeting point between California and New York.

VicG
VicG

C'mon, give me a break. What a bunch of BS...

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

He needs a good attorney

Stanracer
Stanracer

Ah.....ok?

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

OK!!!

ChasingYesterday
ChasingYesterday

What a bunch of delicate doilies...notice I'm trying to be nice and not call them what they really are. Hand signals, wow, what's next? I for one appreciate a good finger gesture, that was nothing. Y'all know if the roles were reversed this wouldn't even be an issue.

America1st
America1st

I think I might sue my doctor for calling me “Obese”. That is offensive and really upsetting. Ever since he told me this Ive lost my appetite and I sleep more. Now I’m losing weight and I out a lot of money buying new clothes. It very upsetting that someone could be so insensitive as to tell them the truth if it hurts me. How can they be so rude!!!

This is how I see people acting these days. Just when you thought you have seen it all, BAM! Have a great Saturday and give someone a hug, even if it offends them. 😜

Gramercy
Gramercy

Some can consider that gesture to be offensive, I suppose..but to me..always "OK is OK!" It is what some chose to make it, but that does NOT equate to a meaning for all. Ridiculous! What exactly did the fan mean in the gesture? Maybe that should be asked.

Wish505
Wish505

In life you will find if you run around with you feelings hanging out all the time they will get stepped on by some innocent party.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

I guess y’all have to restrain from waiving at someone you know in cas there is some asshole looking that will apply his ( or her) own interpretation. There are plenty of assholes in the world and numerous media types willing to try and boost their sales or name by joining the fray. The Bible says that in the end times good will be called evil and evil will be called good. I believe that we have arrived.

pixiepup
pixiepup

I have to agree with the majority of comments here. This was wrong to kick this guy out of games. I have never heard of either this hand gesture being white supremacy or the circle game. But to kick this guy out for assuming it was white supremacy is ridiculous. So I’m hoping that if a black person used some hand sign meaning black supremacy behind a white reporter that he also would be banned??

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

👌🖕

61mouse
61mouse

Black NBA players use it all the time after they make a basket and are running back down the court

61mouse
61mouse

But it's ok for the blacks to use black power during the national anthem

RPG156
RPG156

Its not a racist sign any more than a "thumbs up" sign is... Everyone involved in perpetuating this debacle is stupid AF. That is all.

Hwninblu
Hwninblu

Been paying that game for years and now its racist???

Bstn
Bstn

Okay so some black folks started a rumor that the "ok" hand sign is racist and everyone believes it...Shit this is getting out of control, poor kid whos hand we are seeing probably never heard tthat this is an "alleged" racist hand gester before and is now publicly being persecuted for doing something friggin innocent! People in this country need to grow up and start using their god given brains beford we all implode on one another...Heres a fact most folks (including white ones) dont give a ratts ass about skin color!! Stop making shit into things it doesnt mean and stop making everything a white person dies into something racist, some people seriously have brought race relations way back. Pathetic for this teams reps!! :(

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Sickening how many large companies buy into the leftists' agenda so easily.