The Red Sox have issued an apology to Adam Jones, after the Baltimore Orioles outfielder said fans taunted him with racial slurs at Fenway Park on Monday night.
“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,” Red Sox President Sam Kennedy said in a statement. “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.”
The statement continued: “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.”
Jones said he was “called the ‘N’ word a handful of times” during Monday’s Red Sox-Orioles game, according to The Boston Globe. A fan also threw a bag of peanuts at Jones, Red Sox officials confirmed to USA Today. That fan was ejected from the stadium.
Mayor Marty Walsh apologized to Jones and the Orioles on behalf of the city, telling CBS Boston that he hopes Red Sox fans will give Jones a standing ovation when the Red Sox go back up against the Orioles Tuesday night.
“These words and actions have no place in Fenway, Boston, or anywhere,” Walsh said in a statement to Boston.com. “We are better than this.”