Adam Jones and his situation in Boston last night has completely overshadowed the Orioles’ 5-2 win to start off a four-game series. USA Today reports that some unruly fans took their jeering too far and decided to throw peanuts at him and shout racist slurs at him.
Jones described his experience: “A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me. I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.
“It’s different. 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.”
Red Sox officials confirmed Jones’ story as it pertained to the peanuts and ejected some fans. However, they dispute his account of how many ejections took place that night. Their account places the number somewhere near 30.
Today, the team issued a formal apology and Jones held a press conference addressing the incident.
The statement reads: “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 entire organization is sickened by the conduct of an ignorant few.”
Jones said that the opposing owner John Henry personally approached him and apologised for the actions of his fanbase. He pleaded with the fans to keep their comments related to his on field performance.
Back in 2013, Jones was honored with the Babe Ruth Museum Community Service Award and received the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award two years ago. He had a banana thrown at him during a game in San Francisco while competing against the Giants.
Even the commissioner of the entire league had to weigh in on this controversy. He made it clear that he was in contact with Boston’s front office in an effort to keep all players safe from any and all harassment.
Now the topic will shift back to baseball, which is where this whole story began and has become lost throughout these two days. Jones is a very good player who people question when these moments arise, but this time there is definitive proof of mistreatment.
He will take the field on Tuesday evening and the entire MLB’s eyes will be on how the fans receive him. If it is bad, then we might have another ugly moment to talk about.
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