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Orioles center fielder Adam Jones says he was subjected to a torrent of N-words and other racist taunts at Fenway Park during Baltimore's game against the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

"A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me,'' Jones said, according to USA Today. "I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.''

Jones, one of just 62 African-American players on the Opening Day rosters of the league's 30 teams this year, said he was the target of further taunts as the game continued.

"Very unfortunate," Jones said. "I heard there was 59 or 60 ejections tonight in the ballpark. It is what it is, right. I just go out and play baseball. It's unfortunate that people need to resort to those type of epithets to degrade another human being. I'm trying to make a living for myself and for my family."

He said it was not the first time hecklers in the stands at Fenway had targeted him with a slew of racist abuse, but Jones told USA Today and The Boston Globe that Monday night's taunts were among the worst experiences of his 12-year big league career.

"It's unfortunate," he said. "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.''

Adam Jones on being taunted with racist abuse at Fenway Park on Monday: "It's unfortunate that people need to resort to those type of epithets to degrade another human being." Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports

Jones said the fan who threw the peanuts at him in the dugout was located and escorted out of the ballpark, which was confirmed to USA Today by Red Sox officials after the game. But Jones said a harsher punishment from the league should be given, such as a major fine or lifetime ban from the stadium. He called the actions of the culprit in question "pathetic."

"It's called a coward," Jones said. "What they need to do is that instead of kicking them out of the stadium, they need to fine them 10 grand, 20 grand, 30 grand. Something that really hurts somebody. Make them pay in full. And if they don't, take it out of their check.

"That's how you hurt somebody. You suspend them from the stadium, what does that mean? It's a slap on the wrist. That guy needs to be confronted, and he needs to pay for what he's done."

A five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, Jones was the Orioles' 2016 Roberto Clemente Award nominee. The award recognizes a player "who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field," according to Major League Baseball.

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Jones got a standing O during his first at bat tonight.  

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10 hours ago, Thor99 said:

Jones got a standing O during his first at bat tonight.  

Oh, well, that makes everything better than.  Sling all the racial slurs you want, juts as long as the next game you give that player a standing O.  All good in the hood.

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On 5/2/2017 at 10:54 PM, Thor99 said:

Jones got a standing O during his first at bat tonight.  

So much for the standing O

Red Sox permanently ban fan for racial slur at another fan

2:40 AM ET
  • ESPN.com news services

BOSTON -- The Red Sox on Wednesday permanently banned from Fenway Park a man they said used a racial slur toward another fan at Tuesday's game, a separate confrontation from the insults directed at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones a night earlier but one the team said it is taking just as seriously.

"I'm here to send a message loud and clear that the treatment of others that you've been reading about here lately is unacceptable," Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said during an impromptu update for reporters in the back of the press box during Wednesday night's game.

"We have to recognize that this exists in our culture,'' Kennedy explained. "It's not indicative of Boston.

"It's a handful of ignorant and intolerant people.''

The Red Sox took the action on Wednesday in the wake of Jones being racially taunted during Monday night's series-opening game in Boston.

 

 

Jones said he was called the N-word by someone in the stands on Monday night. The Red Sox apologized to Jones, as did the mayor of Boston and the governor of Massachusetts.

Calvin Hennick, a Boston resident who brought his son to his first Red Sox game on Tuesday as a present for his sixth birthday, wrote on Facebook and confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday night that a neighboring fan used a variant of the N-word when referring to the national anthem singer. Surprised, Hennick asked him to repeat it, and the other fan did.

Hennick summoned security personnel, and they ejected the other fan, whose name has not been released. Hennick said the man denied to security using a racial slur.

Kennedy thanked Hennick, calling him courageous for speaking out. Asked if he felt inspired or emboldened by Jones' comments a day earlier, Hennick told the AP: "I think I would have said something anyway. I'm kind of a squeaky wheel.''

"But I'm glad the Sox are encouraging fans to come forward,'' Hennick said. "I was just pleased that they took it really seriously.''

President Sam Kennedy on the Red Sox's permanent ban of a fan from Fenway Park who used a racial slur toward another fan: "If one fan feels uncomfortable, that's one fan too many." Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

The Red Sox declined to identify the banned person, saying the matter had been referred to police. The Boston Police Department confirmed that its civil rights unit is investigating and will determine whether further action is warranted.

Kennedy said he believed it was the first time a fan had been banned for life from the ballpark.

"It's unprecedented, I think, in baseball,'' he said.

Ushers at the gates will be notified that the fan is not to be admitted.

Kennedy, however, acknowledged it will be hard to enforce the ban at Fenway, given all the entrances, but he said security will do the best it can.

Kennedy said he was angry and frustrated after the episode with Jones, but the incident involving Hennick made him sad and feel "deep remorse that these things happen in our society."

"But it's the reality of the world that we live in,'' Kennedy said, calling on city and business leaders to "work together to try to stamp them out so that they don't happen again."

"Hopefully, this is a step forward," he added.

Hennick, who is white, was at the game with his father-in-law, who is originally from Haiti, and his biracial son. At first he assumed the other fan mistook him for a kindred spirit, Hennick said, but now he believes the man was reacting to the uproar over Jones.

"I was sitting there with my mixed-race family. The more I think about it, the more I think it was a deliberate thumb in the eye,'' Hennick said. "He wanted to prove that he could say whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted.''

Hennick said he didn't feel like the experience soured him on the ballpark or the city.

"My wife and I have been happy here. I don't feel uncomfortable walking around Boston with my mixed-race family, but that doesn't mean that it's not a common occurrence for people,'' he said.

"My son doesn't know what happened and had a great time. He definitely wants to go back, and I plan on going back. All sports teams need to do what they can to address fan behavior, and I think the Sox kind of have a fire lit under them to make sure they do all they can.''

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It's not indicative of Boston? I'm sure that Welker, Edelman and Pedroia jerseys are the only things you see just on sheer coincidence. It's not unique to Boston, but let's not pretend this was some sort of anomaly in that city. 

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1 hour ago, nyjunc said:

There are idiots in every Stadium in every sport.

LOL this was the most predictable reply in the history of message boards.

Curt, is that you? MAGA MAGA!

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On ‎5‎/‎5‎/‎2017 at 3:57 PM, nj meadowlands said:

LOL this was the most predictable reply in the history of message boards.

Curt, is that you? MAGA MAGA!

you are a sad little boy.  I feel bad for you.

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4 hours ago, nyjunc said:

you are a sad little boy.  I feel bad for you.

You are a sad middle-aged man obsessed with kids who play basketball at a college you never went to. 

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Boston fans need a visit in the night.

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9 hours ago, Apache 51 said:

Boston fans need a visit in the night.

Huh ? You're about a year late with the post.

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