Report: David Ortiz bobblehead from Washington company deemed ‘racially insensitive’
BOSTON — A giveaway of Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz bobbleheads was canceled Tuesday after the figurine was deemed “racially insensitive” by team officials, the Boston Globe reports.
According to the Globe, the bobblehead featured Ortiz holding a microphone, a tribute to a speech he made following the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.
Around 15,000 fans were slated to get the figurine. However, the giveaway was canceled about four hours before Tuesday’s game was slated to start.
According to the Globe, when Red Sox president Sam Kennedy saw the bobblehead for the first time, he decided to cancel the promotion, calling the figurine offensive.
“It was an inaccurate portrayal of David,” Kennedy told The Globe. “No.2, I personally thought it seemed to be an offensive portrayal of him and facial features were racially insensitive. ”
The bobblehead was made by Woodinville, Wash. company BDA Inc., the Globe reports. The company not immediately respond to a Q13 News request for comment Tuesday.
All fans who have tickets for Tuesday’s game will receive a different bobblehead in the mail.