Inside Joke

11 06 2012

CBS:

Royals catcher Humberto Quintero makes racial gesture during in-game interview

Now, I’m sure Royals catcher Humberto Quintero didn’t have any malicious intent toward Bruce Chen, but the lack of intent doesn’t make the racial gesture pictured above during Saturday’s Royals-Pirates game excusable.

Chen, a native of Panama of Chinese descent, is an affable, likable player and it’s unlikely Quintero was meaning to insult him. However, his actions were nonetheless offensive. While it’s common for such insensitive joking to occur in the clubhouse, that doesn’t make it right or make it appropriate for national television.

Chen, it must be noted, took to Twitter to note he was not offended by the actions.

Sorry, CBS.  Nobody’s buying your effort to try to make a mountain of this molehill.  The dork in Orlando with a fax machine would ordinarily be chomping at the bit, but the reason this isn’t quite in his wheel house is because Humberto Quintero isn’t white, and can’t be passed off as a white Hispanic.

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