Adam Jones said that he was “called the N-word a handful of times” at last night’s game at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox. He also said a fan threw a bag of peanuts at him, and that he heard that about 60 people were ejected from the game last night.
The Baltimore centerfielder, who was also a starter on the USA team that just won the World Baseball Classic, is one of the most prominent African-American players in the league, at a time when MLB is trying to address the dearth of African-Americans at key positions. Back in September, Jones called baseball “a white man’s sport” in regard to questions about Colin Kaepernick and whether a protest could ever happen in baseball.
Albert Breer, writer with MMQB and Boston-area native, does not accept Jones’ claim of racist slurs at Fenway and wants other proof.
It is at this point that we should say that Adam Jones saying that fans yelled it at him is evidence, just like one could testify in court before the invention of smartphones. It’s evidence that a person can choose to accept or not. We don’t have to go into larger discussions of Boston or other cities.
Breer is also engaging with Bomani Jones of ESPN on his position that he needs proof to believe Jones had a slur yelled at him.
The Boston Red Sox organization, satisfied that the incident did occur, is taking a different position and has already apologized, via USA Today, for the “conduct of an ignorant few.”
“The Red Sox want to publicly apologize to Adam Jones and the entire Orioles organization for what occurred at Fenway Park Monday night,” the Red Sox said in a statement released to USA TODAY Sports and other outlets. “No player should have an objec t thrown at him on the playing field, nor be subjected to any kind of racism at Fenway Park. The Red Sox have zero tolerance for such inexcusable behavior, and our entire organization and our fans are sickened by the conduct of an ignorant few.”
The Mayor of Boston and Governor of Massachusetts have also apologized.