Red Sox Pres. Sam Kennedy Cancels David Ortiz Bobblehead Giveaway Citing ‘Racial Sensitivity’
Just mere hours before the hated rival New York Yankees were set to play at Fenway Park on Tuesday, Red Sox president Sam Kennedy decided to cancel the David Ortiz Bobblehead giveaway because it was deemed inaccurate and racially insensitive.
“It was an inaccurate portrayal of David. It doesn’t really look like David,” Kennedy said. “No. 2, I personally thought it seemed to be an offensive portrayal of him and the facial features were racially insensitive.
“If I was feeling this way, certainly other people would. So we pulled the plug.”
— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) August 9, 2016
The bobblehead was a tribute to the emotional speech he made at Fenway Park five days after the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.
Before the game, an unaware Ortiz reacted to the bobblehead..
“That’s supposed to be me?” he said after looking at a photo of the bobblehead. Ortiz in his own language agreed with the team pulling the plug on the bobblehead.