by on April 17, 2018

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox canceled a David Ortiz bobblehead promotion Tuesday night when the figurine turned out to be racially insensitive, said team president Sam Kennedy. Johnathan Hankins Jersey .The bobblehead depicts Ortiz addressing fans at Fenway Park following the Boston Marathon bombings, but Kennedy said it didnt much resemble the retiring slugger and was not fit for distribution.Kennedy saw the final version of the bobblehead for the first time Tuesday afternoon after they were delivered.My two immediate reactions were first, it was a really inaccurate portrayal of what he looks like, Kennedy told The Associated Press. My personal reaction was it was offensive and, to me, kind of appeared racially insensitive. I just had a bad reaction.He then held a meeting with several team officials.My gut feeling was if I have that negative reaction then our fans may as well, he said. We just made the decision to scrap the whole thing. We apologize to everyone tonight and will make it up to fans.The giveaway was supposed to be for the first 15,000 fans at Tuesdays game against the Yankees. To make up for the inconvenience, any fan holding a ticket to the game will be able to get a new Ortiz bobblehead once they are reproduced.The rejected bobblehead was made by BDA, Inc., and the company will also produce the replacements.We value our decades-long relationship with the Red Sox organization and its decision to postpone Tuesdays David Ortiz bobblehead giveaway, BDA said in a statement. Were currently working closely with the Red Sox to ensure the team and its fans receive a quality product.The Red Sox sent out a statement and apology via their website and social media several hours before a 5-3 win over the Yankees.Were going to redo them and get them right and apologize for the disappointment for anyone tonight, Kennedy said.---Follow Kyle Hightower on Twitter at Nate Hairston Jersey .875,000, avoiding arbitration. 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With Yis impending return to the league, Harris, who led the Chinese team to an eighth-place finish at the 2004 Olympics as Chinas first-ever foreign-born head coach, is optimistic of Yis future as a Laker under new head coach Luke Walton.I think that is the right team for him, said Harris, who also coached former Houston Rockets star Yao Ming back in 2004. He should be able to play for them and will really fit the style Luke employed so well last year [with the Warriors].On the 2004 Chinese Olympic team, Yi -- just 17 at the time -- made an immediate impression on Harris, with his raw athleticism, ability to hit jump shots and stretch the floor. Even after Harris left China and returned to coaching in the NBA, he remained close with Yi, who was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2007 draft.Yis 272 NBA games with four teams featured short bursts of high-scoring performances, but were cut short by frequent injuries. His lack of consistency and physicality was part of the reason he averaged just 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.A shortage of trust and tailored coaching around him hurt too, according to Harris.I can tell you he plays better when he feels the coach and the team believes in him, Harris said. He has needed that confidence.As evidence, Harris pointed to Yis average of nearly 15 points and seven rebounds per game in January 2010 with the New Jeersey Nets when Harris was the teams assistant coach. Antonio Morrison Jersey. In the two games Yi played in 2012 under Harris at the Texas Legends -- the NBA Development League team of the Dallas Mavericks?-- he averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds a game, earning him a spot with the Mavericks.Harris said Yi wasnt given enough encouragement during the last leg of his NBA career, nor was he used to his best advantage.He cant just sit out on the perimeter and set screens and pop to shoot 3s or long 2s, Harris said. He has to run the court, move into high-low options and mix his pops with rolls as well as some post-ups with his 3s.Harris said Yis ability to play both center and power forward positions could flourish under Walton, who was formerly with the Golden State Warriors, the NBAs poster boys for todays small-ball style.His versatility will serve him well, and Luke will know how to mix with his outside-inside skill combination, Harris said. They need what he is capable of doing -- great runner, excellent mix on offense and the potential to be a defensive factor. And Yi is still young himself for a 7-footer.Harris said the current trend of NBA play is also favorable to Yis future, as foreign-born big men who can pass and attack from the perimeter have become increasingly popular.The talent of these big players actually changed the complexion of the game due to these unique talents, he said. 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