Red Sox say sorry for racial abuse at Fenway

Nettie James
May 3, 2017

"And I don't want any outside distractions for me, my family, my teammates". "Where I come from, if you say things like that, you put on the gloves and you go after it. I'm just going to have to wear it and see what happens".

Red Sox officials confirmed a fan threw a bag of peanuts at Jones, according to USA Today Sports, and was ejected from the stadium. "My office has been in contact with the Red Sox, and the club has made it clear that they will not tolerate this inexcusable behavior". On Tuesday, Red Sox All-Star Mookie Betts stood by Jones and called on Red Sox fans to be better and reject racism. They still have their own views, obviously. "If he could do, get through it, so can I". I looked at the videotape of that.

All of these discussions were had because Jones decided late Monday night he was exhausted of turning the other cheek. He said he's never heard a fan use racial slurs to taunt a teammate. Red Sox Team President Sam Kennedy says reports on last night's ejections didn't specifically reference racial taunting. I wanted more security behind the dugout. In the long term, those who act inappropriately might not be welcome back. "I don't know how my fingers and toes I have to keep count, but you hear it". And we're going to take steps to address it. "It's just where we are as a nation". But this isn't only a Red Sox issue or a Boston problem. "So I'm not just gonna let (somebody) sit there and berate me", Jones said. Maddon said. "But at some point, you've got to do something about it". You come across all walks of life.

It isn't always the most comfortable subject, Boston's checkered history with race in sports.

He added, "For Adam, I applaud him for bringing it to light again".

"What happened last night at Fenway Park is unacceptable and not who we are as a city", Walsh tweeted.

"It's like anything else, there's not a simple solution", Maddon said.

Adam Jones was succinct when asked his message to those who threw racial epithets at him.

As Jones walked up to bat in the top of the first inning Tuesday, fans at Fenway rose to their feet and cheered the opposing player - a rare sight inside any Major League Baseball park. "People say things, man". "Let's be honest with ourselves". "Boo the players, that's well within your right". It's all about having a conversation. If anything gets thrown at me, that's immediate, you're out of the stadium. "I think with the dialogue, we can work toward something". "He went deep later, and showed his way of retaliation", Jones said of Machado.

The incident received national media attention.

Jones told USA Today after the game: "I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight".

"It's sad that even today such attitudes exist", said Towns, who is black. "I've lost mad respect for that team and that organization", he said.

"He knows the weight his words carry".

Other reports by Insurance News

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