Indians infielder Yu Chang is subjected to a barrage of racist abuse on Twitter after costly error


Cleveland Indians infielder Yu Chang is subjected to a barrage of racist abuse on Twitter after his costly throwing error resulted in a loss

  • Indians infielder Yu Chang has shared several racist messages he received on social media after a costly throwing error in Monday’s loss to the White Sox 
  • Chang, who was born in Taiwan, posted a shots of the hateful tweets, writing, ‘Exercise your freedom of speech in a right way… #StopAsianHate’
  • The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism reported that hate crimes against Asian Americans jumped nearly 150% in major US cities in the last year
  • Former NBA player Jeremy Lin, for instance, said he was called ‘coronavirus’ during a recent G League game. Lin’s parents are both from Taiwan 

Cleveland Indians infielder Yu Chang has shared several racist messages he received on social media after a costly throwing error in Monday’s loss to the Chicago White Sox.

Chang, who was born in Taiwan, posted a screen grab of the hateful tweets Tuesday morning.

‘Exercise your freedom of speech in a right way, I accept all comments, positive or negative but DEFINITELY NOT RACIST ONES,’ he wrote. ‘Thank you all and love you all. #StopAsianHate.’

Change included grabs of three racist messages he received in his response on Twitter. 

‘You f***in sars corona virus mother f***er,’ read one of the messages. 

Cleveland Indians infielder Yu Chang has shared several racist messages he received on social media after a costly throwing error in Monday’s loss to the Chicago White Sox

Chang, who was born in Taiwan , posted a screen grab of the hateful tweets Tuesday morning, writing: 'Exercise your freedom of speech in a right way, I accept all comments, positive or negative but DEFINITELY NOT RACIST ONES. Thank you all and love you all. #StopAsianHate'

Chang, who was born in Taiwan , posted a screen grab of the hateful tweets Tuesday morning, writing: ‘Exercise your freedom of speech in a right way, I accept all comments, positive or negative but DEFINITELY NOT RACIST ONES. Thank you all and love you all. #StopAsianHate’

The Indians lost 4-3 on Monday when Chang's throw from first to second ricocheted off Chicago's Yasmani Grandal, allowing Nick Madrigal to score the winning run for the White Sox

The ball is seen ricocheting off Yasmani Grandal (approaching second base)

The Indians lost 4-3 on Monday when Chang’s throw from first to second ricocheted off Chicago’s Yasmani Grandal, allowing Nick Madrigal to score the winning run for the White Sox

The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism has reported that hate crimes against Asian Americans have risen nearly 150 percent in major US cities over the past year. Many believe the racist abuse stems from the coronavirus pandemic, which was first reported in China.

Former NBA player Jeremy Lin, for instance, said he was called ‘coronavirus’ during a recent G League game. Lin’s parents are both from Taiwan, but he was born in California.

The Indians lost 4-3 on Monday when Chang’s throw from first to second ricocheted off Chicago’s Yasmani Grandal, allowing Nick Madrigal to score the winning run for the White Sox.

Nick Madrigal scores the winning run for the White Sox on Monday after Indians first baseman Yu Chang's throwing error

Nick Madrigal scores the winning run for the White Sox on Monday after Indians first baseman Yu Chang’s throwing error 

A natural shortstop, the 25-year-old Chang is new to first base this season.

While Chang did receive racist abuse on social media, he also received a lot of encouragement from other Indians fans.

‘I am so sorry, Yu,’ wrote one fan. ‘These people aren’t Cleveland fans. Hell, I wouldn’t even call them ‘people’… Just trash. You just keep being Yu… Shake off the error and the haters. We all know you’ll have a great game tonight!’

‘That play was a fluke like play and happens,’ another fan wrote. ‘Shake it off and come get them next time .

One fan posted a picture of himself meeting Yu during spring training.

‘Met you last year in Arizona BEFORE the pandemic,’ Paul Addams wrote alongside the photo. ‘You’ll get nothin but love from this guy! Keep the faith! There ARE more good people than bad here!’

While Chang did receive racist abuse , he also received a lot of encouragement from fans

While Chang did receive racist abuse , he also received a lot of encouragement from fans

One fan posted a picture of himself meeting Yu during spring training in 2020

One fan posted a picture of himself meeting Yu during spring training in 2020

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