Adam Jones – an outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles – was subjected to racist abuse during a game at the Red Sox’s Fenway Park in Boston. Red Sox fans hurled racist epithets at the 12-year veteran, throwing peanuts at him as well.
An official statement from the Red Sox apologized for the actions of the team’s fans:
The Red Sox want to publicly apologize to Adam Jones and the entire Orioles organization for what occurred at Fenway Park Monday night. 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 immediately 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.
While many in the US may think that racism in sports is prominent perhaps in European soccer leagues but not in the United States, the fact remains that racist incidents occur every year in professional sports. This past year, for example, a number of black players were subjected to harassment, including Nikita Whitlock of the of the New York Giants and various players who joined Colin Kaepernick in his protest against perpetual racial inequality and police violence.