A young Kenyan woman was honored with a chance of performing the U.S. National Anthem at a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday at Fenway Park in Boston.
One fan at the game was however not pleased with her performance, and issued a racial slur saying the young woman “niggered” the anthem.
Calvin Hennick, a Red Sox fan, says he was at the game with his father-in-law and six-year-old biracial son when after the Kenyan woman finished performing the Star Spangled Banner, a middle-aged white man sitting next to himn said to him that the performer ‘sang too long’ and ‘niggered it up’.
"As soon as she was done the fan sitting next to me, a white middle-aged man, told him that she 'sang too long' and that she 'N-worded it up,'" Calvin told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Friday.
Chris says he was shocked to hear such language from the man and asked him to repeat himself, to which he repeated the same words and said he stood by them. "I’m hearing you correctly, and you’re saying that she ‘niggered’ up the national’ anthem,” Calvin says he asked the man, who responded: “That’s right, and I stand by it.”
Calvin then asked to be moved to a different section along with the family. He says the ushers then kicked the man out of the game.
Here is Calvin’s narration of the incident:
The Red Sox say the fan was kicked out of the game and has been banned from the ballpark.