Orthodox Yankee fan upset over kippa-grabbing at stadium

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — An Orthodox Jewish man who says his yarmulke was grabbed of his head in a deliberate act during a Yankees’ game alleges that the team has failed to investigate his complaint.

Ben Lapin, 45,  told the New York Daily News late last week that a man sitting behind him during the Sept. 12 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers grabbed the yarmulke off of his head and taunted him.

Lapin, who said that such an act “hasn’t happened to me since I was 12 years old,” told the newspaper that he begged the man to return the religious item, calling the experience “humiliating.”

“He was teasing me,” Lapin said, according to the Daily News. “The police were right there. Nobody did anything.”

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Lapin said he tried to report the incident to several Yankee security guards and other stadium employees, but got the run-around, including claims that the aggressor must have been a Dodgers fan and that nothing could be done since he had already left the stadium.

He was offered free tickets to a future game for his trouble.

“I didn’t take the tickets,” Lapin told the newspaper.  “This isn’t about getting free tickets. I’m scared to go to a Yankee game. I don’t want to go back there. There’s a lot of anti-Semitism. We don’t have to be afraid to wear a yarmulke at Yankee Stadium.”

Yankees officials told the Daily News that they have taken the complaint seriously and are working to find the man.

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