BOSTON - Official statements and comments poured in Tuesday morning about the Adam Jones incident Monday night at Fenway Park, where the Orioles center fielder told USA Today he heard racial epithets and had a bag of peanuts was thrown at him.
From Red Sox team president Sam Kennedy, in a press release: “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.”
Via CBS Boston, here’s what Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said:
“Something like this doesn’t belong in sports,” Walsh said. “I wish we could find out who these people were or who this person was that says this. If they claim to be a sports fan, they’re not a sports fan – nothing but a racist.
“I’m upset about this. Certainly, we don’t condone this type of behavior. The City of Boston, the Red Sox organization doesn’t condone this type of behavior. It’s an unfortunate incident, and it should not reflect the city, who we are as Boston.”
From Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, on Twitter:
Fenway fans behavior at the #RedSox game last night was unacceptable & shameful. This is not what Massachusetts & Boston are about.— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) May 2, 2017