A past racist attack against Kim Ng has resurfaced after she became the first woman and first Asian American general manager of the Miami Marlins last week.
What happened: Ng, 51, was racially harassed by pitcher-turned-executive Bill Singer at a general managers’ meeting in 2003, according to NBC News.
- Singer, a 59-year-old executive of the New York Mets at the time, approached Ng in a hotel bar during a general managers’ meeting in Arizona, ESPN reported in November 2003.
- He reportedly asked Ng, who was the assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers at the time, “What are you doing here?” and “Where are you from?” while speaking gibberish with a fake Chinese accent.
- New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman stepped in during the incident.
- The Mets released a statement shortly after that, where Singer apologized to Ng.
- “I am embarrassed by what I said when I met with Ng on Tuesday evening,” he said. “My comments were truly inappropriate and I’m truly sorry. I have apologized to her and hope she will forgive me.”
- Singer was eventually fired from his position. He later worked as a scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Washington Nationals.
Historic moment: After 30 years of experience in the MLB with the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, and Los Angeles Dodgers, Ng finally got her big break last week when she was tapped to become the general manager of the Miami Marlins.
- “I got calls and text messages from guys that I’ve known over the years who were just so excited to tell their daughters and wives,” Ng said, according to the Baltimore Sun. “And then I got voicemails from friends, from front office executives, with tears, just so happy that I had broken through, but really more for the sport and more about what it meant for us in society.”
- Ng, who was born in Indiana and grew up in New York, is now the highest-ranking woman in MLB’s baseball operations.
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