A viral video featuring a Cubs foul ball has sparked outrage — but there's way more to the story than what social media users are slamming. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)
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A man attending a Chicago Cubs game reportedly feared for his life after a video featured him "stealing" a foul ball that was meant for a child in the stands.
What's in the video?
The viral video showed the Cubs' first base coach tossing a ball into the stands in the direction of a child — but the ball rolled underneath the child's seat, and the man seated behind the child snatched up the ball and handed it to a woman next to him.
Social media had a field day with the video, with some expressing threats against the unnamed man.
One YouTube channel even shared the video and titled it "Terrible Grown Man Steals Foul Ball From Little Kid at Cubs Game."
You can watch the video below.
So what's the rest of the story?
According to WBBM-TV, a witness to the event said that the incident was taken entirely out of context, and that the man is afraid to leave his hotel room after backlash ensued.
Chuck Mycoff told WBBM's Roseanne Tellez and defended the man in the viral video after tweeting about the incident.
On Monday, Mycoff tweeted, “He had already helped that kid get a ball. TV got this all wrong.”
He had already helped that kid get a ball. He gave two more away to kids also. He was a great guy. TV got this all wrong.
— Chuck Mycoff (@cmycoff2) July 22, 2018
Mycoff told Tellez that the unnamed man, who was visiting from out of town, was "overwhelmed" by the negative backlash the video received.
"He thanked me for stepping up and getting out front for him," Mycoff said. "He's still a little bit afraid. He was absolutely overwhelmed."
Mycoff added, “I just kept seeing all these things and I’m going ‘boy that’s crazy.’ In fact, I’m still seeing them.”
According to WBBM, the Chicago Cubs also defended the man.
"The family was deeply dismayed to hear about the terrible accusations," the team said in a statement. "A video has made a national villain out of an innocent man."
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