Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles outfielder was racially abused by some of the Boston Red Sox, the baseball club has since issued an apology.
Adam Jones is a five-time All-Star, yet his fame did not shield him from being the target of racial abuse from fans. Jones said he was taunted with racist slurs and had a bag of peanuts thrown at him during Baltimore’s 5-2 win at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox have publically said that they have “zero tolerance for such inexcusable behavior”.
“Our entire organisation and our fans are sickened by the conduct of an ignorant few,” their statement read.
Moreover, Boston mayor Marty Walsh has also condemned the abuse
What happened last night at Fenway Park is unacceptable and not who we are as a city. (1/2)
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) May 2, 2017
However, Jones has said this was not the first time he had been abused whilst playing baseball and not even the first time at Fenway Park. In an interview with USA Today, Jones, said although there had been previous incidents, his recent visit to Fenway Park was his worse.
“It’s unfortunate that people need to resort to those type of epithets to degrade another human being. I’m trying to make a living for myself and for my family,” he added.
This is just one incident that highlights, that some people use sport as an avenue to express their true prejudice thoughts and beliefs. This is often despite having Black or minority players on their team.
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