REPORT: Red Sox Considering Lifetime Ban For Fans Making Racist Remarks
What has been going on for years at Fenway Park may soon get some Red Sox fans banned from the stadium forever.
The Boston Red Sox made sure to act swiftly after Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones was subjected to fans throwing peanuts at him and bombarding him with racial slurs.
“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.
Team president Sam Kennedy condemned the behavior and vowed to “take steps to address it.” It was unclear at the time of what he planned to do, but according to Amita Kelly of NPR, the Red Sox are considering a potential lifetime ban for anyone caught making racist remarks at the ballpark.
“It just shows that people live in their own world,” Jones said. “They still have their own views, obviously, and some people like to express hatred toward another person.”
At Tuesday’s game, many of the fans stood up and applauded Jones’ as he made his way up to bat.
Adam Jones was given a standing ovation before his first at bat on Tuesday at Fenway. pic.twitter.com/LsGr71JzYz
— TotalProSports (@TotalProSports) May 3, 2017
Just before Tuesday’s contest, Red Sox player Mookie Betts encouraged fans to stand up for Jones with a tweet. “Fact: I’m Black too,” he tweeted.
— Mookie Betts (@mookiebetts) May 2, 2017
“I just appreciate what they did,” Jones told reporters just outside the visitor’s clubhouse after the game. “I’ve never on the road gotten any ovations or anything like that, so it just caught me off guard a little bit. … I just wanted to get in the box and get on with the game.”