Los Angeles Dodger great Tommy Lasorda is heard in a just released video telling a fan from Korea to “go back there.”
According to Yahoo News, a fan who took the video in 2018 struggled for two years before deciding to release the video taken in Dodger Stadium.
The video shows Lasorda agreeing to take a selfie with the fan. The fan is obstructed as the videographer focuses more on the former Dodger manager.
As Lasorda walks away, he is heard asking a fan “you’re from where?”
“Korea,” he responds.
“Why don’t you go back there?” Lasorda is heard asking.
It is unclear from the video if the fan who took the selfie is the same fan addressed by Lasorda.
“I showed it to a few people and they all said they had no idea that he didn’t like Korean people or people of color. I’m Mexican myself.
“I stopped being a season ticket holder after that.”
The fan who asked to remain anonymous said he struggled for two years before deciding to release the video. He said he talked to a Dodger representative, but he felt ignored and decided to make the video public.
In a statement to Daily Mail.com, Lasorda apologized.
‘Some of the best players and finest people that I’ve met through baseball have been from Korea. I apologize to this fan and all others whom I’ve offended with this remark. I love all Dodger fans, and everyone attending games at Dodger Stadium deserves a welcoming experience.’
The Dodgers’ also released a statement.
‘We were deeply disturbed by Tommy’s comments from this 2018 incident. His comments have no place in our society, and the Dodgers do not condone or support them in any way.”
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