MLB commissioner issues scathing statement in reaction to racist taunts directed at Adam Jones from Red Sox fans


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Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones says he was taunted with racial slurs during a game at Fenway Park on Monday night.

Jones also had a bag of peanuts thrown at him. He added that he was "called the N-word a handful of times" and that this is not the first time he has been subjected to such abuse from Boston fans.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred came down hard on the actions of the fans, issuing a scathing statement saying the league would not tolerate this type of behavior.

"The racist words and actions directed at Adam Jones at Fenway Park last night are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated at any of our ballparks. My office has been in contact with the Red Sox, and the club has made it clear that they will not tolerate this inexcusable behavior. Our 30 clubs will continue to work with fans and security to provide a family-friendly environment. Any individual who behaves in such offensive fashion will be immediately removed from the ballpark and subject to further action.


"The behavior of these few ignorant individuals does not reflect the millions of great baseball fans who attend our games."

On Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox, Mayor Marty Walsh, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker all issued apologies to Jones and the Orioles.

In the Red Sox statement, issued to USA Today, they said they are "sickened" by an "ignorant few."

"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."

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