Cardinals: No proof of recorded racial slur against Jason Heyward

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Less than a day after a social media firestorm suggested that a national broadcast of the St. Louis Cardinals game Monday night against the Chicago Cubs captured instances of racial slurs from fans targeting Cubs Right Fielder Jason Heyward, no proof has yet surfaced to back up the claim.

The accusations were first floated by the New York Daily News, which appears to cite Tweets as evidence, including one from a Cubs writer for the website Baseball Prospectus.

According to FOX2 Sports Director Martin Kilcoyne, the Cardinals spoke Tuesday with ESPN, Comcast and Fox Sports Midwest and each said there was no evidence of any audio of slurs directed at Heyward, who spurned St. Louis to sign a free agent contract with Chicago in the offseason.  Fans clearly greeted Heyward with boos and a smattering of cheers in his at-bats Monday night. He chalked up that reaction Monday to being a sign that fans wish he hadn't left; Tuesday he told reporters he did not hear any slurs.

In talking with reporters prior to Tuesday night's game, Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny bemoaned the speed with which stories can travel, especially when the story is not true.