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Orioles’ Adam Jones says he heard racial slurs at Fenway Park

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones. The Associated Press

Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy issued an apology Tuesday morning after Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones heard racial slurs while in the field at Fenway Park during Monday’s game.

Someone also threw a bag of peanuts thrown at Jones as he returned to the dugout.

“The Red Sox want to publicly apologize to Adam Jones and the entire Orioles organization for what occurred at Fenway Park Monday night,” Kennedy said in a statement. “No player should have an object 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. Such conduct should be reported to Red Sox security, and any spectator behaving in this manner forfeits his/her right to remain in the ballpark, and may be subject to further action. Our review of last night’s events is ongoing.”

Jones told the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo it was “one of the worst nights.”

“A disrespectful person threw a bag of peanuts at me and I got called the ‘N’ word a handful of times,” Jones told Cafardo. “It was pretty awesome out there. Just part of the job, right? That’s one of the worst nights. It’s very unfortunate to be honest with you. I heard there were 50-60 ejections tonight in the ballpark. It is what it is. I just go out and try to play baseball.”

Cafardo reported that the Red Sox officials said there were fewer than 30 ejections from Fenway Park on Monday.

Jones told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale that he thinks fans should get a harsh penalty.

“What they need to do is that instead of kicking them out of the stadium, they need to fine them 10 grand, 20 grand, 30 grand,” Jones told Nightengale. “Something that really hurts somebody. Make them pay in full. And if they don’t, take it out of their check.

“That’s how you hurt somebody. You suspend them from the stadium, what does that mean? It’s a slap on the wrist. That guy needs to be confronted, and he needs to pay for what he’s done.”

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