Houston Astros Player Under Fire for Racist Gesture

Houston Astros player Yuli Gurriel could face punishment for making a racially insensitive gesture
Astros' Gurriel may be punished for gesture at LA's Darvish
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29 October, 2017

"There is no place in our game for the behavior we witnessed last night", commissioner Rob Manfred said on Saturday. Once he sat down with his teammates, he make the "slant eye" gesture with his fingers, targeted at Darvish.

After the game, he posted a conciliatory tweet that read in part, "No one is flawless". "But I played in Japan and I know [that is] offensive, so I apologize for that", he added. "On the contrary, I've always had a lot of respect for them".

"He has handled this entire hard situation in an exemplary way", Manfred said of Darvish. "He expressed remorse. I met with him today". "I sincerely apologise to everyone I offended with my actions. It was not my intention".

"Acting like that, you just disrespect all the people around the world", he said in Japanese through a translator.

Darvish, who is of Japanese and Iranian descent, was also confronted about the gesture, telling the media it was "disrespectful".

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"Including him and I, nobody's ideal". He made a mistake, and we've just got to learn from it. We're all human beings'. "Our focus going forward, personally and as an organization, will be towards making meaningful progress regarding the social issues that mean so much to our players and our community".

Yu Darvish says he isn't angry toward Yuli Gurriel, calling it a learning experience for Gurriel and adding that no one is ideal. The Astros' manager A.J. Hinch described Gurriel as "remorseful", according to the L.A. Times.

Gurriel, from Cuba, is supposed to have made a "slant-eyed gesture" in the dugout after touching them all.

Dodgers outfielder Enrique Hernandez described the situation as "disappointing". It's unclear at this time whether Gurriel will be disciplined for his actions. Later, Darvish tweeted this.

"If we can take something from this, that is a giant step for making", Darvish wrote. "Let's stay positive and move forward instead of focusing on anger". "I'm counting on everyone's big love".

A Cuba native, Gurriel played 15 seasons in the Cuban National Series and Japan Central League from 2001-16. He was traded to the Dodgers at this year's July 31 trade deadline.


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