After a 5-2 win over Boston, Orioles’ Adam Jones claimed he was “called the n-word a handful of times” by Red Sox fans during play at Fenway Park.
According to The Washington Post, he also had a bag of peanuts thrown at him.
“It’s different,” Jones told Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
“Very unfortunate. 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.
“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 colours.”
Boston Mayor, Marty Walsh, and the Red Sox called the behaviour inexcusable and claimed to be “better than this” while offering an apology to Jones. Police confirmed there were 34 ejections during the game.
“The Red Sox want to publicly apologize to Adam Jones and the entire Orioles organization for what occurred at Fenway Park Monday night,” Red Sox’ team president Sam Kennedy said in a statement on Twitter.
“No player should have an object thrown at him on the playing field, not be subjected to any kind of racism at Fenway Park.
“The Red Sox have zero tolerance for such inexcusable behaviour and our entire organization and our fans are sickened by the conduct of an ignorant few. Such conduct should be reported immediately to Red Sox security and any spectator behaving in this manner forfeits his/her rights to remain in the ballpark and may be subject to further action. Our review of last night’s events is ongoing.”
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) May 2, 2017
Jones himself also added that he believes the penalty for such behaviour needs to be more severe.
“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,” he said.
“You suspend them from the stadium, what does that mean? It’s a slap on the wrist.”
This is not the first account of this kind of behaviour in the MLB and I don’t suppose many professional baseball players would be at all surprised by this, but hopefully it’s a step towards it being the last.