Officials from Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Boston Red Sox were forced to make a public apology after fans hurled racial slurs at Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones. Following Boston’s 5-2 loss to Baltimore on May 1, Jones was “called the N-word a handful of times” and had a bag of peanuts thrown at him by an angry bystander.
Boston’s management were incredibly apologetic and Red Sox president Sam Kennedy made his opinions known during an interview on WEEI, [via ESPN]:
“We issued an apology to Adam Jones, the entire Baltimore Orioles organization. It is incumbent upon the Red Sox to take our responsibilities seriously about making sure all of our fans and players feel safe and in an environment that is respectful and welcoming… Racism, unfortunately, can be in the DNA of our culture. We have to consistently work to eradicate it.
Look, the Boston Red Sox are held to one of the highest standards in this market. We need to make sure we are doing everything we can to be supportive of our fans and our players. This goes well above wins and losses and baseball. We take it very seriously.
This is representative of a very, very small group of ignorant and disrespectful people. Anyone who does this is not welcome at Fenway Park.”