Former Colts LB Cato June Says His Son Was Target of Racist Chants at Baseball Game

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVMay 2, 2022

Former NFL player Cato June speaks with youth football players of the D.C. Pop Warner League about sportsmanship and proper tackling techniques at Simon Elementary School on September 17, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The visit by the former NFL player and Anacostia coach was part of an initiative with Heads Up Football to teach kids safety and proper tackling techniques at an early age. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Former NFL linebacker Cato June said his son, Cato Jr., was the target of racist chants at a youth baseball game Sunday:

Coach June @CatoJune

Yesterday at my sons baseball game, he was pitching. The opposing team started to make monkey chants while he was on the mound. I am here in Indy and they are in Texas so My wife called me during the inning going off. I am crushed they were subjected to just plain old hate.

Per TMZ Sports, June said the game featured players 14 years old and younger.

"CJ handled it with more class than I ever could have," June continued on Twitter. "He said he felt alone out there as the only black kid playing and only his mom there to have his back."

A representative for the opposing team told TMZ Sports that there were no racial slurs involved.

"The kids were making distracting noises just like they do in any other dugout with any other pitcher, none of which were racial slurs," the rep told TMZ Sports. "We as an organization would never tolerate any behavior in this manner."

June spent seven seasons in the NFL, including four with the Indianapolis Colts from 2003-06. He earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2005 and was the leading tackler on the 2006 squad that went onto win the Super Bowl.

The 42-year-old returned to the franchise this offseason and will serve as the team's assistant linebackers coach. He also held coaching roles at Bowling Green, UMass and Howard since leaving the NFL in 2009.