Boston Red Sox Cancel David Ortiz Bobblehead Giveaway | NECN

Boston Red Sox Cancel David Ortiz Bobblehead Giveaway

The team said they were "unacceptable to the new club"

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    A David Ortiz bobblehead giveaway that was scheduled for Tuesday night's game was cancelled by the Red Sox after the dolls were received racially insensitive. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016)

    The Boston Red Sox cancelled the David Ortiz bobblehead giveaway that was scheduled for Tuesday night's game.

    The team released a statement Tuesday afternoon that said, "the bobbleheads were unacceptable to the new club and not appropriate for distribution."

    Team president Sam Kennedy spoke with the Boston Globe and told the paper the bobblehead "doesn't really look like David...I personally thought it seemed to be an offensive portrayal of him and racially insensitive."

    Some fans who attended the game were disappointed to go away empty handed.

    "My husband and my son and his friend stood in line and then they found out they couldn't get them," said Char Farman.

    A few fans told necn that despite the quality of the bobblehead, they would have taken it regardless.

    "I don't think it came out bad," said Meko Washington. "It looks nice to me. I don't see the racial problem with it. People look too into race with these things."

    The manufacturer of the bobblehead, BDA Inc., released a statement Tuesday evening:

    "We value our decades-long relationship with the Red Sox organization and its decision to postpone Tuesday's David Ortiz bobblehead giveaway. We're currently working closely with the Red Sox to ensure the team and its fans receive a quality product."

    Fans at Tuesday's game will be given instructions on how to receive the new Ortiz bobblehead in the near future.

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