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Fan who flashed white supremacist hand gesture banned from Wrigley Field for life

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Yesterday the Cubs announced that they were investigating an incident in which a fan flashed a gesture behind NBC Sports Chicago reporter Doug Glanville that has been associated with the white supremacy movement. Last night they announced that they have identified the fan and have banned him from Wrigley field for life.

While the gesture is similar to the “circle game” and is explained away by many as merely an “OK” symbol, it was erroneously portrayed as a “white power” symbol by online forum 4chan as a prank. As can happen, however, the line between prank and reality was soon blurred, with some actual white supremacists adopting it in an ironic manner. Which leads one to ask: when a racist “pretends” to be racist because they think it’s funny to trick people into thinking that they’re racist . . . how is that not really, super racist? They seem to think it’s all just a joke, but they’re the only ones laughing, of course.

Either way, the Cubs reportedly considered all of that yesterday. They were aware of the “circle game” explanation and attempted to talk to the fan but the fan would not answer his phone, presumably because he was too busy laughing super hard at his “joke.” Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney said on 670 The Score last night that, in the end they met and decided it was more likely the gesture was used in a “racist way,” to use Kenney’s term, and banned the fan.

The Cubs, who got the fan’s contact information via StubHub sent him a letter informing him of their decision. The fan could be prosecuted for criminal trespass if he tries to enter the ballpark. No word if white supremacists have come up with a prank in which criminal trespass is not really criminal trespass, but I’m sure someone will make some sort of argument to that effect.

Reached for comment, Doug Glanville offered his appreciation for the Cubs’ and NBC Sports Chicago’s handling of the incident. Team president Theo Epstein called the incident “truly disgusting,” and said “It gave me shivers to watch that, that that would take place at Wrigley Field.”

Trea Turner hits for the cycle

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner hit for the cycle on Tuesday night against the Rockies, becoming the first National to hit for the cycle since, well, himself back on April 25, 2017… against the Rockies.

Turner led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to center field off of Peter Lambert. He singled in the second, tripled to lead off the fourth, and hit an RBI double as part of an eight-run seventh inning to complete the cycle.

Turner is the fourth player to hit for the cycle this season. The others:

After completing the cycle, Turner is hitting .286/.343/.494 with eight home runs, 25 RBI, 41 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases in 277 plate appearances this season.