The tragic news of Angels pitching prospect Nick Adenhart dying yesterday in Fullerton as a result of a drunk driver has shocked the sports world. The 22 year old right-hander was celebrating his first start of the season with some friends when his life ended too soon. The Angels, who recently got a strong six-inning scoreless effort from Adenhart, postponed yesterday’s game and will be honoring him in tonight’s game.
Police arrested the suspect who ran a red light and smashed into the car Adenhart was traveling in killing three in total. His name is Andrew Gallo, and once his photograph was published it became an occasion for some readers of the OC Weekly’s “Navel Gazing” blog on the story to engage in some Mexican bashing. (Gallo could be Italian and I haven’t yet been able to find a confirmation of his ethnic background)
Nevertheless, from the very first comment, racism cast its hateful shadow. Here are some samples of the vitriol spewing from numerous posters:
“I just knew the guy who killed Adenhart and his friends was going to be a Mexican. They just released the drunk drivers name and photo, and sure enough he is a Mexican.”
“…and Gallo could be the famous wine maker…but this murdering tamale eating, pinata beating, sub human is not… he is a dirty, filthy wetback.”
“Mexicans are scum and contribute nothing to this country. The USC student was killed by a Mexican also!! Look at their neighborhoods, the yard are trashy, dirty, weed filled. They have no self respect, why are they going to respect others. Mexicans are a weak cowardly race.”