Cleveland infielder Yu Chang reveals racist messages sent to him after game-deciding error

Chris Cwik
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Cleveland first baseman Yu Chang can deal with criticism, but not if you're a racist. Chang revealed racist messages he received after making a game-deciding error Monday.

Chang shared those messages on Twitter on Tuesday. In his screenshot, Chang wrote, "I accept all comments, and everyone has their freedom of speech but THESE RACIST COMMENTS ARE NOT NECESSARY." He also posted the hashtag #StopAsianHate.

Content Warning: Chang's tweet contains slurs and NSFW language.

Those messages came after Chang made a throwing error in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Chang fielded a ball at first base and attempted to turn an inning-ending double play. Chang pivoted to throw the ball to second base for a force out, but his throw hit White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal in the helmet and bounced into shallow left field. The throwing error allowed pinch runner Nick Madrigal to score the game-winning run and give the White Sox the walk-off win.

Yu Chang is the latest Asian athlete to speak out

Chang joins a long list of Asian athletes who have spoken out about abuse they have received in recent weeks. NBA guard Jeremy Lin released a PSA in March urging people to "put an end to this violence and hate, together."

Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim also spoke out, sharing racist and hateful messages she received. Kim said she felt "helpless and afraid" over the rise in violence against Asian Americans and members of the Pacific Islander community. 

Sakura Kokumai, an Olympic athlete and seven-time national karate champion, shared video of a man verbally berating Kokumai while she was training at a park. Yul Moldauer, an Olympic gymnastics favorite, and Dana Mathewson, a wheelchair tennis player, also spoke out about the hate they have received.

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