Ballplayer Has Racial Slurs and Peanuts Hurled at Him

The Red Sox and Boston's mayor have apologized to Adam Jones
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2017 2:15 PM CDT
Red Sox, Mayor Apologize to Player for Racial Slurs
Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones says he had racial slurs and peanuts hurled at him during Monday's game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Adam Jones has received apologies from the Boston Red Sox and the mayor of Boston after the Baltimore Orioles outfielder was subjected to a barrage of racial slurs Monday night at Fenway Park, the Boston Globe reports. According to USA Today, Jones says he "was called the n-word a handful of times" and also had a bag of peanuts thrown at him. He says it was some of the worst behavior directed at him in his 12-year career—though he says it's not the first time he's been the victim of racist insults at Fenway. The Red Sox say a fan was removed from the stadium for throwing something at a player and another was removed for language directed toward a player, CBS Boston reports.

"No player should have an object thrown at him on the playing field, nor be subjected to any kind of racism at Fenway Park," Red Sox president Sam Kennedy says in a statement. He says the organization is "sickened" by the "inexcusable behavior" of "an ignorant few." Mayor Marty Walsh adds that the behavior was that of a "racist" fan and not indicative of the kind of city Boston is. The Red Sox say about 30 people were ejected from Fenway during Monday's game. That's more than double the normal amount. Jones says there need to be stiffer punishments than being removed from the stadium for fans who throw things at players, risking injury and their livelihood. (Read more Boston Red Sox stories.)

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