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Earlier this month, Baltimore Orioles all-star center fielder Adam Jones was taunted by racist chants and had peanuts thrown at him at Fenway Park while his team was taking on the Boston Red Sox.
“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.’’
Former Boston Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling then called Jones’ out for lying about the incident just a few days later.
“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.”
In an interview with Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, Jones responded to Schilling attempting to speak about a race that he has never experienced being a part of.
“Schilling is over there with his rants. He just wants an outlet. Somebody will take his call, take his rants. He can keep them for himself,” Jones said. “Because he’s never experienced anything like I have. I’ll stick with what (Mark) McLemore said about it: Schilling, hell of a career. But he’s never been black, and he’s never played the outfield in Boston.”
“I’m not afraid of the backlash, because it’s the truth. It’s my truth through my eyes. We all have our own truths. How we were raised – that’s our truth. Growing up in San Diego, or California in general, it’s a very liberal state. I grew up with blacks, whites, Mexicans, Filipinos. Everything was diverse. My class wasn’t predominately anything. Playing sports, it was diverse. My neighborhood was diverse.
“The worst thing is when people say, ‘I don’t see color.’ I think that’s the dumbest thing. Unless you’re colorblind, you see color. You may choose not to think of the other things that come with color, but you see color. At the ballpark in San Diego, you see the diversity. LA, Arizona, San Francisco, both Texas teams. You just see so much diversity. Growing up like that, I always assumed the rest of the United States, the rest of the world, was like that.”