Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez Stereotypes Natives with a War Whoop on Columbus Day
Hall of Famer and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez celebrated the 2016 American League Division Series sweep by the Cleveland Indians against Boston with a stereotypical Indian war cry on Columbus Day. In addition to Martinez’s antics, the other hosts of the TBS Sports broadcast show laughed with appreciation for the remark.
After the game series that ended with a 4-3 game Indians win against the Red Sox, Martinez remarked, “I used to hunt Indians, but now I am gonna pay tribute to the Indians,” followed by the war whoop.
After an immediate backlash on social media, Martinez apologized on Twitter:
I send my apologies if I was misunderstood when I was trying to pay tribute to the Cleveland Indians on the TBS post season show.
— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) October 11, 2016
“I send my apologies if I was misunderstood when I was trying to pay tribute to the Cleveland Indians on the TBS post-season show,” he tweeted. He followed up with an additional tweet: “I was referring to my pitching years facing Cleveland. Nothing else. Again, my apologies.”
The video clip is here below and on Screengrabber.
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) October 11, 2016
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