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Rangers ban fan who made obscene gesture in family photo and racially harassed them

Elvis Andrus supports Texas Rangers banning fan for racial harassment

Texas Rangers veteran Elvis Andrus said anyone harboring racist sentiments don't belong at a major league game.
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Texas Rangers veteran Elvis Andrus said anyone harboring racist sentiments don't belong at a major league game.

The Texas Rangers have banned a fan accused of racially harassing a family at Globe Life Park from attending home games.

Jessica Romero, her husband, Ramon Romero, and their 6-year-old son, Nomar, were harassed by a fan sitting behind them during a game. The fan made an obscene hand gesture in their family photo. They also allege he made disparaging and racist comments about Hispanics.

The club released a statement Friday about the incident that occurred at a game on Aug. 3.

“We are notifying the individual that he violated the club’s fan code of conduct and is indefinitely prohibited from attending Rangers home games,” the statement reads. “The Texas Rangers are committed to providing a safe and welcoming fan experience for everyone who attends our home games. After reviewing information relating to the exchange that took place at last Saturday’s game in which a family was subjected to offensive comments and a profane gesture made by a nearby guest.”

Rangers coaches and players, including Elvis Andrus and Delino DeShields, said the club made the right move.

“This game is too beautiful,” said Andrus, who became a U.S. citizen two weeks ago. “Baseball is about different cultures, different races, different ethnicities. So at this point in 2019, to still have a racial moment, it’s not good.”

DeShields said the club had to act.

“You can’t condone that kind of behavior, period, especially when you’re trying to create a family environment for fans of whatever race trying come in and enjoy a baseball game,” he said. “If you don’t do something about it, you’re pretty much condoning that behavior, and that’s just not a good look, in my opinion.”

Andrus said he doesn’t think it was a hard decision for the Rangers to make.

“If there are people who still want to be like that, they can do it out of baseball,” he said. “I think it was a great decision from the team. I’m really glad they handled it that way.”

Manager Chris Woodward said fans shouldn’t have to worry about racial harassment when they attend a Rangers game.

“I fully support our organization’s decision,” he said. “I loved our statement. We just won’t tolerate that as an organization.”

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Stefan Stevenson has been covering sports for the Star-Telegram since 1997. He spent five years covering TCU athletics, which included two BCS bowls, two trips to the college World Series and the move to the Big 12. He has covered the Texas Rangers since 2014 and started reporting on the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.