Westchester News 12 – What was supposed to be a fun trip to Yankee Stadium for a developmentally disabled child from Harrison was ruined when a fan began hurling offensive insults at him.
Angelica DiMarco says her 4-year-old son Luciano has sensory issues and doesn’t understand social cues, which may explain why he could have acted unruly at the Yankees-Reds game Tuesday night. The developmentally disabled boy wears a helmet to stop him from banging his head.
“He may have kicked a man’s seat that was sitting in front of us with excitement,” she told News 12.
In a video that has been seen hundreds of thousands of times on Facebook, a fan calls the boy “retarded” and berates him.
What made the situation worse for Angelica was not getting any help from Yankee Stadium security.
“We asked for a place for him to go. We were told if we leave the stadium, we can’t come back in,” she says.
In no way, shape or form is this acceptable. Perhaps the kid was kicking a tad too much, but you know what, if it’s a problem, speak to someone tactfully and like an adult instead of going off on an offensive rant and being exposed on the internet for millions to see. The Yankees could have very easily accommodated the families request, now, it’s a PR nightmare on their hands. Not doing a single thing for this family in the same exact month they have held autism awareness nights, not a good look for New York. I’m not saying this fan here represents the entire fan base at all, but there’s a special place for guys like him…