After what happened to Adam Jones at Fenway Park this week, the Red Sox organization has decided to implement more security and stiffer penalties for those directing racist slurs to anyone at the game.
The new zero tolerance policy has, unfortunately, already resulted in at least one ejection. A bystander alerted Fenway Park security about the offending fan’s actions after he twice used a version of a racial slur in reference to a national anthem singer. Officials have not released the name of the man who received the lifetime ban. The man reportedly denied using the phrase.
“During Tuesday night’s Red Sox-Orioles game, it was reported to Red Sox security that a racial slur was used in a comment from one fan to another,” the club said in a statement. “The offending individual was promptly ejected from the ballpark, and has since been notified they are no longer welcome at Fenway Park.
“The Red Sox organization will not tolerate the use of racial slurs at Fenway Park, and we have apologized to those affected. There is no place for racial epithets at Fenway Park, in baseball, or in our society. The Red Sox turned the matter over to the Boston Police Department, who will further investigate with their civil rights unit and determine whether it merits further action.”
Red Sox president Sam Kennedy knows that it will be difficult to enforce a lifetime ban, but they will do all they can in order to make sure the offender does not return to the ballpark.
“We’re going to have to work really hard with our security operation,” Kennedy said, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. “We know who the person is, and we will work hard to do everything we can. It’s unprecedented, so it may be difficult. But I can tell you this was an individual game buyer, not a season-ticket holder.”
Major League Baseball officials are set to ask the league’s 30 teams for recommendations on how to address similar situations at stadiums in the future.