Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was taunted during the Orioles victory over the Red Sox from fans yelling racist insults. Jones was very upset after the game and here is what he had to say:
“A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me,” Jones said, “I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.”
“It’s pathetic,’’ he said. “It’s called a coward. 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.”
According to the Red Sox, 30 fans were ejected from the stadium and president Sam Kennedy issued an apology to Jones stating the team is looking into the incidents.
“The Red Sox want to publicly apologize to Adam Jones and the entire Orioles organization for what occurred at Fenway Park Monday night,” Kennedy 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. 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.”
Unfortunately, this is not the first time an incident like this takes place during a baseball game. Just last October Adam Jones was subjected to racial slurs during a Blue Jays game, but Jones said that Monday night’s taunts were among the worst experiences of his 12-year big league career.
So why does this keep happening? As Jones said all he wants to do is play baseball and make a living for himself and his family. Hopefully the league can come up with a solution to deter this kind of behavior and ensure players are not subjected to it when all they are doing is their job…