ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Jason Heyward, who spent just one season in St. Louis before signing a big contract with the Chicago Cubs, returned to Busch Stadium Monday night and was greeted by a cascade of boos and, according to reports, racist slurs as well.
According to a report in 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.
ESPN needs to be *very* careful with opening up their crowd mics. There are absolutely nasty things being said right now towards Heyward.
— Isaac Bennett (@isaaccbennett) April 19, 2016
Just shocking to me that Jason Heyward would want to leave a city whose fans called him the n word last night.
— Titus Anjawnicus (@jimadair3) April 19, 2016
Did ESPN bail on 6th inning Heyward AB because of earlier racial taunts caught on field mics? pic.twitter.com/1LDBR1nv06
— Baseball's Best Fans (@BestFansStLouis) April 19, 2016
I have a few friend at the Cubs vs. Cards game and they feel very uncomfortable. Some fans are throwing the "N" word out at Heyward..WOW!
— Mamba Mentality (@MixedMamba12) April 19, 2016
Nothing but boos could be heard during Heyward’s first at-bat, however.
— Sports Chatter (@SprtsChttr) April 19, 2016
ESPN is reviewing its game audio, the Daily News reports, 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.