Log Angeles Angels All-Star player Anthony Rendon was seen cursing and attempting to hit an Oakland Athletics fan following his team’s loss on Opening Day.
In a video that circulated around social media, the MLB star could be seen grabbing a fan by the shirt, cussing him out, and attempting to hit him after he was called an unknown word by the fan. The athlete was heard telling the fan, “What’d you say? Yeah, you called me b****, huh?” Rendon said. “Yeah, you did. Yeah, you did. Yeah, motherf***er.”
Following the interaction, the third baseman told reporters Saturday during a news conference on the field at the Oakland Coliseum, “I’m sorry. I can’t comment” and cited the MLB’s investigation as the reasoning.
“This happens a lot, unfortunately,” Angels manager Phil Nevin said in a statement that addressed the situation. “A lot of times we just don’t see it. You’re going to hear things all the time. You hear a lot. Right now, I just don’t want to comment on the incident involving Anthony or anything that goes along with it.”
Continuing, Nevin revealed he doesn’t believe this controversy will be a threat to the relationship between the players. He expressed, “One thing I’ve said all along is we’ve got a great group in there. The one thing that I was most proud of last year and then continuing through the spring is the way this team has bonded and jelled together. And they’re all going to stand together now.”
Despite both parties’ hesitation to make a comment, MLB announced they were conducting an ongoing investigation into Rendon for his behavior.
Anthony Rendon breaks his silence over viral fan controversy
Just days after the incident, the league said Rendon would face a 5-game suspension. However, the third basemen found this appeal, to which his punishment was reduced to only 4 games.
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Finally breaking his silence on what went down between him and the fan, Rendon discussed with reporters about the controversial subject during Monday’s game.
“It sucked. My emotions got the best of me,” the third baseman admitted. “I’m usually pretty good about interacting with fans … have fun with it. But the gentleman [and I], we spoke on the phone, and we both apologized about what had happened. And so we’re both ready to move forward.”
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