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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.

Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez Stereotypes Natives with a War Whoop on Columbus Day

Vincent Schilling
10/11/16

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,” 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.

 
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Submitted by turbojesus on
 
Paying tribute to cleveland indians is outright lie. We understand exactly what he was saying. He’s talking about hunting the indians like the buffalo soldiers did and massacring people trying to protect their homes and resources. And takes it a step further by mocking them with war whoops just like buffalo soldiers did.

 
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Submitted by bullbear on
 
What the S_ _t !! Did Pedro Martinez forget where his roots are? His financial success has obviously helped him to quickly forget that he has family that lived a life full of hatred and prejudice. Like the lines in the movie, "Color Purple", he needs to be brought a notch or two.

 
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Submitted by 100IndigenousAm… on
 
Pea brain new exactly what he was doing, he is a slave mouth piece for the rednecks for those that would never except him as equal. Dumb N…!
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