BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Following claims made by Orioles outfielder Adam Jones that he had both racial slurs and a bag of peanuts hurled his way at Fenway Park Monday night, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred released a statement condemning the behavior.
Manfred promised that “any individual who behaves in such offensive fashion will be immediately removed from the ballpark,” in the future.
Read his full statement here:
“The racist words and actions directed at Adam Jones at Fenway Park last night are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated at any of our ballparks. My office has been in contact with the Red Sox, and the club has made it clear that they will not tolerate this inexcusable behavior. Our 30 clubs will continue to work with fans and security to provide a family-friendly environment. Any individual who behaves in such offensive fashion will be immediately removed from the ballpark and subject to further action. The behavior of these few ignorant individuals does not reflect the millions of great baseball fans who attend our games.”
Jones, a five-time All-Star, said he was “called the N-word a handful of times” in quotes reported by USA Today Sports and The Boston Globe.
“It’s unfortunate that people need to resort to those type of epithets to degrade another human being,” Jones said.
USA Today Sports reported that Red Sox officials confirmed that a fan also threw a bag of peanuts at Jones and was ejected from the stadium.
“It’s pathetic,” Jones said. “It’s called a coward. 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. Something that really hurts somebody.”