Orioles Adam Jones Donates $20K to Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Adam Jones is trying to turn his negative moment into a positive one.
Earlier this month, Jones was the target of racist taunts by a fan at Boston’s Fenway Park, as he got called the N-word and had bags of peanuts thrown at him.
“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.
Last week, the Baltimore Orioles outfielder decided to put some good vibes in the universe when he announced that he would be donating $20,000 to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo.
“It’s about the game of baseball, about the Negro Leagues side of it, their point of view — the things that they didn’t have as much as everybody else, the things that they didn’t care about as much as everybody else,” Jones said before Friday’s game. “Just the sheer game of baseball. You walk through those doors, such a love for baseball that it’s contagious.”
“It’s all about the knowledge. It’s all about giving knowledge. Give kids opportunities,” Jones said. “It’s all about what they want to do with the opportunity. As long as they have an opportunity presented to them, you let them make the decision. If you don’t even have the opportunity, there’s nothing to talk about. I’m a person who just likes to give kids, give humans, give people an opportunity to learn. When I walk through those walls, I learn. It would be selfish of me not to help other people learn.”
Jones will also provide free admission to the museum to children from Operation Breakthrough, a Kansas City-area nonprofit that offers daycare for children up to age 5 as well as before-school, after-school and summer activities for children ages 5 to 13.