Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia says black baseball players 'expect' racist taunts in Boston
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia said Baltimore Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones' experience in Boston on Monday night was not unusual.
Jones told reporters after the Orioles' 5-2 win that several Boston fans were yelling racist taunts at him, including the N-word, with one fan even throwing a bag of peanuts in his direction.
Sabathia on Tuesday said that racist taunts are common in Boston and that black players discuss the situation amongst themselves (via Newsday's Erik Boland).
Sabathia also said Boston is the only city in which he's been called "the N-word."
The Boston Red Sox apologized to Jones after the game on Monday. On Tuesday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred issued a scathing statement toward Boston fans, saying the behavior will not be tolerated.
"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."
Obviously, MLB players believe this has been an ongoing situation in Boston for years. But with Jones, and now Sabathia, drawing attention to it, the league, media, and fans will be looking for any more ugly incidents at Fenway Park.
Sabathia said he's experienced what Adam Jones did in Boston, though not since he's been with Yankees because their security presence in pen- Erik Boland (@eboland11) May 2, 2017
Sabathia said it's talked about among black major leaguers: "we know. There's 62 of us. We all know. When you go to Boston, expect it."- Erik Boland (@eboland11) May 2, 2017
Sabathia said in his big league career "I've never been called the N word" anywhere but in Boston- Erik Boland (@eboland11) May 2, 2017
- Family stands to lose nearly $6,000 in airfare and hotel costs after they were bumped from an overbooked cruise ship
- A Trump spokeswoman mocked Pete Buttigieg's military service in a Memorial Day weekend spat with Ron DeSantis
- Flyers are 'skiplagging' to try and save money on flight tickets. Airlines hate it.
- With inflation cooling, RBI may slash interest rates by 50 bps this financial year
- ULIPs are not for senior citizens: Here’s how to choose the right investments to secure the golden years of your life
- Ambati Rayudu announces retirement from IPL
- Data protection bill to drive deep behavioural changes for platforms exploiting data: Chandrasekhar
- MS Dhoni set to play 250th IPL match of his career