Red Sox officially ban fan caught using racial slur at Fenway Park
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 07, 2017,
May 07, 2017, 13:41
The Boston Red Sox have permanently banned a fan for using a racial slur during a game earlier this week.
A Kenyan woman sang the national anthem before the game, and afterward, Hennick said that a man he described as white, middle-aged and wearing a Red Sox hat and T-shirt leaned over to him.
Just two days after a bunch of Red Sox fans were thrown out of Fenway Park for either throwing peanuts or spewing racial slurs at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, at least one fan is no longer welcome at the ballpark anymore.
The team said that the incident had occurred during Tuesday's game, that the fan had been escorted from the stadium and that the matter had been turned over to the Boston police to see if further action was warranted.
Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said he thinks it's the first time a fan has been barred for life from Fenway.
Boston proceeded to score four runs after that, two driven in by Josh Rutledge, and went on to secure a 4-2 win over Baltimore at Fenway Park. For me, I've been to Boston and I've played in Boston a lot, I just try to have tunnel vision when I play.
Pedroia himself seemed to agree with Machado's take on the slide, telling him "It wasn't me. We all know. When you go to Boston, expect it".
The umpire's rapid reaction likely stemmed from the harsh warning Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred issued the two sides earlier Wednesday, telling them "enough is enough" after weeks' worth of retaliatory behavior, Red Sox manager John Farrell relayed to ESPN.
The interaction came on the same night Red Sox fans had been urged to show they welcome all races, after Monday's ugly incident that targeted Adam Jones.
The other fan denied using the slur but was barred for life nonetheless, the Globe reports. We don't know what he said, but Jones never once got in Holbrook's face about that call but yet, he was still ejected.
On Wednesday, James did not specifically weigh in on whether Jones was telling the truth but he told reporters at a post game press conference that the events in Boston shouldn't dispel the notion that racism continues to exist in America.
James, whose 39 points put him ahead of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for second in playoff scoring behind Michael Jordan, said that unlike Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, he hasn't experienced racism from fans in Boston as a visiting player.
The Red Sox did not divulge the identity of the initial fan. I think some guys from the Red Sox spoke up for Adam Jones saying like, 'Hey fans, we need you guys to, this is a situation where you need to have a standing ovation.