Red Sox Apologize For Racism; Adam Jones Wants $30K Fine
According to ESPN, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was subjected to racist taunts at Fenway Park during Baltimore’s Monday game.
“A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me. I was called the N-word a handful of times. Thanks. Pretty awesome. 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. Instead of kicking them out of the stadium, they need to fine them 10, 20, 30 grand. And if they don’t [pay], take it out of their check.”
Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said the team is looking into the incidents: “The Red Sox want to publicly apologize to Adam Jones and the entire Orioles organization for what occurred at Fenway Park Monday night. No player should have an object thrown at him on the playing field, nor be subjected to any kind of racism at Fenway Park.”
Even the Boston mayor Marty Walsh had a statement: “These words and actions have no place in Fenway, Boston, or anywhere. We are better than this.”
Jones said it was not the first time hecklers in the stands at Fenway had targeted him with a slew of racist abuse, but Monday night’s taunts were among the worst experiences of his 12-year big league career. “The best thing about myself is that I continue to move on and still play the game hard.”
BOSSes, it may be easy to call him a passive, but it’s not his fault. After all, professional baseball is a fun American tradition that provides Jones’ $16M salary. He’s not the one who traded in a lucrative Negro Leagues empire to play baseball with the people who murdered, raped and enslaved us. We can blame Jackie Robinson and the rest of the Civil Rights generation for neglecting their own economic agenda for a chance at illusions of social integration. Refresh yourselves on the sports section of The Isis Papers as Dr. Frances Cress Welsing had much to say about the white supremacist inspiration of America’s sports.
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