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Curt Schilling: Adam Jones’ Story of Racist Taunts at Fenway ‘Is Bulls–t’
On Monday, Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones stated he had peanuts thrown at him and was berated with racist taunts from the Boston Red Sox crowd at Fenway Park.
“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 different,’’ he said. “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 report to those type of epithets to degrade another human being. I’m trying to make a living for myself and for my family.
Not everybody believes him, though. Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is one of those people. He went on to question why more people haven’t come forward stating they heard fans screaming towards him calling him the n-word.
“I don’t believe the story, given the world we live in,” Schilling said during his webcast, according to Peter Botte of the New York Daily News. “I don’t believe it, for this reason: Everybody is starving and hungry to sit in front of a camera and talk and be social justice warriors. And if a fan yelled loud enough in center field for Adam Jones to hear the N-word, I guarantee you we would’ve heard and seen fans around on CNN on MSNBC, they would’ve found multiple fans to talk about what a racist piece of junk Boston is.
“Since Tuesday night, we’ve had one person come forward who we found out was lying about the fact that they were in the area and heard it, and other than that we’ve had nobody.”
Schilling cited his own experience in major-league clubhouses and watching his former black teammates call each other the same thing hundreds of times and nobody bated an eye.
“I spent most of my adult life in baseball parks. I heard the N-word out of my black teammates’ mouths about 100 million times,” Schilling continued. “For somebody to talk loud enough for Adam Jones to hear the N-word in center field, other people would have heard it.
“If somebody did say it, we’re going to see it and hear about it, and I would apologize to Adam Jones for doubting him, but until then, I think this is bullshit. I think this is somebody creating a situation.”
On Tuesday, the Red Sox acted swiftly by banning a fan for life from coming to Fenway for uttering a racial slur during that evening’s game.