Once again, we have witnessed a well-known, national personality make a bad decision with one offensive action. This time, Pedro Martínez, the MLB Hall of Famer who famously played for the Red Sox, is doing some damage control for a war cry he made on national television.
Martínez was talking with his co-host about the Boston Red Sox’s defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Indians. Then he did this:
FFS Pedro Martinez, what are you doing?pic.twitter.com/EmivW7qD5b
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) October 11, 2016
It wasn’t long until people started calling him out for it.
@TBSNetwork Suggest you provide sensitivity training to Pedro Martinez after hearing his Indian war cry last night.
— Larry Spisak (@lspisak) October 11, 2016
Pedro Martinez war cry: it's partly our fault, meaning America, b/c we make it seem like it's OK to belittle Natives, even in a joking way.
— Dave Brown (@AnswerDave) October 11, 2016
The same day that the segment was shot — Indigenous People’s Day in some cities — Martínez tried his hand at an apology.
I send my apologies if I was misunderstood when I was trying to pay tribute to the Cleveland Indians on the TBS post season show.
— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) October 11, 2016
And by apology, we mean he was sorry if people “misunderstood” him. He wasn’t expressly sorry for making the war cry.
Again, people were quick to call him out, but this time it was for his non-apology.
— vhs (@VanHicklestein) October 11, 2016
Is a sincere apology so hard to do these days?
And a few people want Martínez to go further and apologize to the people he offended.
— Randi (@Idnar16) October 11, 2016