Sean Leonard and his fiance Shannon Moore have been criticized ever since attending a Texas Rangers baseball game last week after grabbing a ball thrown into the crowd by a player and not giving it to a young boy who was crying for it.
It was the first time that Sean and Shannon had attended a game together and when Leonard actually caught the ball he passed it off to Moore as a keepsake for the memorable day. The couple was then chastised by the television announcers for laughing, celebrating and taking pictures while a three-year-old boy named Cameron Shores, sitting right next to them was crying and reaching for the ball.
The Rangers had been playing the Yankees that evening and Yankee announcer Michael Kay said, “Oh my God they can’t give it to the kid? That’s awful!” Then added, “They’re actually like rubbing it in the kid’s face. Very cold.”
However, Leonard and Moore claim they never noticed Cameron throwing a fit over the ball and later in the game offered to his parents, to give the ball to him, after realizing he was upset.
However, Cameron’s parents, who themselves were not upset over the situation, said no, and that it was a life lesson for their son that he can’t get what he wants because he cries for it.
After receiving more criticism in the media after the game, and the video going viral, Leonard issued a statement saying, “My fiance Shannon and I were honestly unaware of the situation of the little boy sitting next to us last night since we were so caught up in the excited and moment of being at our first Ranger’s baseball game together.”
Cameron ended up being tossed another ball from the Rangers dugout later in the game, and his parents say they feel bad for the way Leonard and Moore have been criticized over the situation.
They have been labeled “the worst people ever” and their “lives have been made a living hell,” the couple told local station WFAA Ch. 8.
Leonard and Moore now feel they are owed an apology from Kay for his comments.
Here’s a video of the incident: