Tigers Player Flips Bird To Crowd [VIDEO]
Last night was a tough night for the Oakland A's against the Detroit Tigers, but perhaps an even more difficult one for Motown's center-fielder Tyler Collins.
After misplaying a ball in the 6th inning, Collins was caught on camera flipping off the booing home crowd at Comerica Park.
Here is the video as it was shown on television last night.
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Collins will likely face discipline from either the team or the MLB for his actions.
"To hear boos after that play hit a trigger inside of me and I lashed out, completely inappropriately," Collins said. "I'm absolutely embarrassed, and I'm very sorry to everyone in Detroit."
Collins' gesture seemed like a knee-jerk reaction and he seems to greatly regret it.
"I just wanted you guys to understand that I love this team and I want to win, so when we come home and get booed, it's tough to swallow, but like I said, I apologize completely," Collins said. "I'm embarrassed [for] myself, I know my family is embarrassed of me, and I'm sure these guys are, too, so I'm sorry it happened."
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus realized the young player messed up.
"It's clearly something that can't happen," Ausmus said. "He regrets it. It was an emotional reaction and he knows it was wrong. I'm sure you guys will ask him the same questions, and I'll let him speak for himself, but he just screwed up. He's a young guy that screwed up."