Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Red Sox apologize to Orioles’ Adam Jones after racist incident

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was berated with racist comments directed at him. In addition, a fan also threw a bag of peanuts at him.

Jones was not pleased with the way the Red Sox handled the situation. The team released a statement on Tuesday morning.

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones looks on before the game against the Boston Red Sox
Adam Jones looks on before the game against the Boston Red Sox (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

“The Red Sox want to publicly apologize to Adam Jones and the entire Orioles organization for what occurred at Fenway Park Monday night,” the statement said. “No player should have an object thrown at him on the playing field, nor be subjected to any kind of racism at Fenway Park. The Red Sox have zero tolerance for such inexcusable behavior, and our entire organization and our fans are sickened by the conduct of an ignorant few.

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“Such conduct should be reported immediately to Red Sox security, and any spectator behaving in this manner forfeits his/her right to remain in the ballpark, and may be subject to further action. Our review of last night’s events is ongoing.”

Jones called it the worst case of fan abuse he has heard in his career. He is one of 62 African-Americans on Opening Day rosters this season.

“It’s different,” he said. “Very fortunate. I heard there was 59 or 60 ejections [Monday night] in the ballpark. It is what it is, right? I just go out and play baseball. It’s unfortunate that people need to report those types of epithets to degrade another human being. I’m trying to make a living for myself and for my family.

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“It’s unfortunate. The best thing about myself is that I continue to move on, and still play the game hard. Let people be who they are. Let them show their true colors.”

At this time, it is not clear if the Red Sox have found the people responsible, who may or may not have said the racist comments to Jones.

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