Anthony Bass, a pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, has accused a United Airlines flight attendant of using a racial slur during a recent flight.
In a tweet posted on Sunday, Bass stated that the flight attendant referred to him and other passengers using a derogatory term while making an announcement over the plane’s PA system. Bass described the incident as “unacceptable” and called on United Airlines to take action.
United Airlines responded to Bass’s tweet, stating that the airline is “disappointed to hear about this experience” and that it is investigating the matter. The airline also noted that it has “zero tolerance for discrimination” and that it takes all such allegations seriously.
Bass’s claims come amid a broader conversation about racism and discrimination in the airline industry. Several high-profile incidents in recent years, including the violent removal of a passenger from a United Airlines flight in 2017 and allegations of discrimination against Muslim passengers, have sparked calls for greater accountability and reform.
Bass, who is in his second season with the Blue Jays, has been an outspoken advocate for racial justice and social equality. He has previously spoken out about the need for greater diversity in baseball and has participated in anti-racism campaigns and initiatives.
The incident involving Bass and the United Airlines flight attendant underscores the ongoing challenges faced by people of color in various sectors of society and highlights the need for continued efforts to combat discrimination and promote inclusivity.