Kansas City Royals’ catcher Humberto Quintero struck out in the racial sensitivity department this past Saturday night. While his teammate, pitcher Bruce Chen – who is Panamanian of Chinese descent, was fielding questions on camera from Fox announcers, his battery mate Quintero snuck up behind him and made the age-old “chinky-eyed” (as rappers would say) gesture. Not exactly the most sophisticated gag by the Venezuelan, though maybe he’s considering switching sports and joining Spain’s national Olympic hoops team ? In response, Chen took the classy route, responding to the controversy by tweeting:
“I am proud to be of Asian descent and I love the way my eyes look! It think it makes me look sexy. I am not offended by Quintero’s actions. Humberto is my friend and he was pointing out one of my best attributes, my eyes! #proudtobeofasiandescent”
See video of the incident HERE .