BALTIMORE (WJZ) — In a new video, Orioles’ center fielder Adam Jones talks about racist comments from fans at Fenway Park.
Jones also openly wonders how he would one day explain the situation to his son.
He gave a new, candid interview with the Players’ Tribune, saying there’s no place for hate in baseball.
The relationship between the Red Sox and O’s has long been testy, but Adam Jones says heckling from some fans in Boston, went to an unnecessary level.
“Boston, I’ve been there many times,” Jones said. “I’ve heard all sort of things. Good, bad, ugly. I guess in this particular night, someone wanted to go to the disgusting.”
It was May 1 in Boston, when Jones said the rivalry between his Orioles and the Red Sox was taken to another level.
The outfielder said a fan called him the “n” word, then threw a bag of peanuts at him.
In his interview with the Players’ Tribune, he says racism does not belong in baseball.
“Just actions and words like this just aren’t part of the great game that I’ve grown to love and that many have grown to love throughout the, not just the United States, but the entire world,” he said.
Jones isn’t the only player who was targeted at an away game. Last year, a beer can was thrown at Hyun Soo Kim.
That incident was in Toronto, and a Blue Jays fan was eventually charged.
One day after Jones reported his interaction with some angry fans in Boston, he received a standing ovation at Fenway Park.
But as he moves on, the player known for speaking his mind admits he’s struggling with this.
“How do I speak to my kid? How do I elaborate to him that not all people are like this, just the selected few.”
After that incident in Boston, the Red Sox president and Boston’s mayor condemned the behavior.
No one was ever publicly identified for throwing a bag at Jones or for calling him by a racial epithet.