A security guard is being criticized on social media after ejecting a fan and taking a baseball from a child during an Atlanta Braves game in SunTrust Park on Wednesday night.
After Braves player Rio Ruiz hit a ball down the right field line at the bottom of the eight inning, a fan reached over the outfield wall with his glove, snagged the ball and handed the ball to a child.
Video appears to show a security guard jump over the wall and eject the fan from the stadium for interfering with live play. The security guard also told the boy that he couldn’t keep the ball he was holding, then took it from him.
here's better quality.. and an update: Braves announcers said the team was giving the kid a signed baseball.. pic.twitter.com/VrwxUIkStT— Lionel Bienvenu (@lionelbienvenu) May 25, 2017
After Wednesday night’s game, Braves officials contacted the boy’s family and gave him a Freddie Freeman-signed ball, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The boy was also invited back to a game to celebrate his birthday in July.
The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Braves, 12-5 in extra innings.
There was plenty of reaction on Twitter to the incident, from media and fans who watched it unfold on their televisions.
Bruh that Braves worker needs to chill. Give the ball to the kid. Slow down. Acting like the guy murdered someone— Jordan (@theClemsonJ) May 25, 2017