Red Sox yank David Ortiz bobblehead after deeming it racially insensitive

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Boston Red Sox fans were supposed to receive commemorative David Ortiz bobbleheads at Tuesday’s game, but the team scrapped the plan hours before the first pitch after deeming it racially insensitive.

The figurine was meant to capture Ortiz’ likeness during the emotional pregame speech he gave in 2013, as Boston was reeling from terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon:

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But team president Sam Kennedy axed the promotion as soon as he saw the items.

“It was an inaccurate portrayal of David. It doesn’t really look like David,” Kennedy told the Boston Globe. “No. 2, I personally thought it seemed to be an offensive portrayal of him and the facial features were racially insensitive.”

Ortiz used “unprintable language” in agreeing with the team’s decision, the Globe reported. Here’s what they looked like:


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