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Adam Jones calls Fenway fans ‚cowards,‘ wants stiffer penalties for racist taunts
“Cowards,’’ he said. “It’s pathetic.’’
Jones has played as a visiting player for 12 years at Fenway Park, spanning 77 games, and has been subjected to racial epithets in the past.
Yet, this night, was like few others, calling it one of the worst experiences he’s ever endured. He listened Chicago Cubs Jerseys to racial taunts in the outfield while also having a bag of peanuts thrown at him in the dugout.
“I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight,’’ Jones said disgustedly. “It was pretty awesome out there. Thanks. Pretty awesome.
“Just part of the job right?’’
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“Tonight was one of the worst,’’ Jones said, slowly exhaling, “it’s different. Very unfortunate. It is what it is, right. I just go out and play baseball.
“But it’s unfortunate that people need to resort to those type of epithets to degrade another human being. I’m out there trying to make a living for myself and for my family.
“The best thing about myself is that I know how to continue to move on, and still play the game hard. Let people be who they are. Let them show their true colors.’’
Jones, one of just 62 African-Americans on opening-day rosters, also had a bag of peanuts thrown at him in the dugout. He immediately informed security, and the person was caught, and ejected from the ballpark, Red Sox officials confirmed.
“I guess that he was a little disappointed he didn’t get a ball,’’ Jones said. “It’s called a coward.’’
Red Sox president Sam Kennedy told WEEI that there were 34 ejections, 20 related to alcohol, one was peanut thrower, one ejection for language directed at player.
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