Red Sox

LeBron James discusses Adam Jones situation, racism in Boston

LeBron James discusses Adam Jones situation, racism in Boston

LeBron James wasn't afraid to share his thoughts on racism in sports -- particularly in Boston.

After the Cleveland Cavaliers' Game 2 win over the Toronto Raptors Wednesday, James spoke at length about the Adam Jones situation, which transpired Monday at Fenway Park. While standing in the outfield, Jones heard racist slurs from a fan and got pelted by a bag of peanuts.

"I've heard a couple athletes say, 'You expect that when you go to Boston,' " James told reporters. "For me, I've been to Boston. I've played in Boston a lot. I just try to have tunnel vision when I play. I can't recall ever hearing anything that was racism toward me.

"But I think it was great that the other guys spoke up for him. Not even from his own team. The guys from the Red Sox spoke up for Adam Jones, saying like, 'Hey fans, we need you guys to -- this a situation where you guys needs to do a standing ovation. Please do that because it's not great for sports, it's not great for society.' You've got guys like Martin Luther King, who all he talked about was trying to unite all of us, no matter the color, no matter the race, no matter the shape or size."

Jones did, in fact, get a standing ovation at Fenway Park on Tuesday night.

Tensions are still high between the two teams, as Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale nearly plunked Manny Machado on Tuesday. During Wednesday's game, Jones got ejected for arguing with the umpire just a few innings after Orioles starter Kevin Gausman got ejected for hitting Xander Bogaerts.

But the drama on the field between the two teams has played a backseat to the events that have unfolded following this incidence of racism -- and rightfully so.

"It's a delicate situation," James said. "I mean racism, we know exists. You try not to put yourself in a position -- and for me, as a father, I try to give my kids the blueprint on how life is going to be, but at the end of the day, I can only tell them so much, and then they have to go out and live it themselves. For me, just try to be respectful for one. Just be respectful to others. If you do that consistently, then I believe the karma will come back to you."

James concluded: "It's a real, real longer conversation, but if we can keep the conversation going, I think it helps."

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.

Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.





Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

File Photo

Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.

Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.

Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.

"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."

Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.

“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”