Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Red Sox Fan Who Used Racial Slur Banned From Fenway For Life

Red Sox Fan Who Used Racial Slur Banned From Fenway For Life

The Red Sox have banned a fan for life following a racial slur being directed at another fan on Tuesday night. Boston Red Sox officials apologized and said that only one of 34 fans kicked out of the game was ejected for using foul language toward a player, and it wasn't clear whether that was toward Jones.

The Baltimore Orioles-Boston Red Sox series has been full of drama, from Adam Jones getting called a racial slur to plenty of heated exchanges after pitchers threw at and behind batters. "There is no place for racial epithets at Fenway Park, in baseball, or in our society".

"The BPD's Civil Rights Unit is investigating the allegations and will make a determination as to whether further action is warranted", Boston police said.

Describing the encounter with a man he described as a "middle-aged white fan", Hennick said the fan had criticized the woman who sang the anthem by saying, "It was too long, and she n*******it up". "The more I think about it, the more I think it was a deliberate thumb in the eye", said Hennick, a 35-year-old white man who was with his biracial 5-year-old son and father-in-law, who is originally from Haiti.

Calvin Hennick, the fan who alerted security, told the AP that he likely would have done the same even without Jones's comments on his mind.

James said these incidents are a bad look for American sports.

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Hennick said he asked the man to repeat his statement. "He wasn't trying to hit the player...we were just competing in the game".

Jones was a target of racial slurs and was hit with a bag of peanuts while standing in the outfield Monday during the Orioles' game against the Red Sox. You try not to put yourself in a position, for me as a father, I try to give my kids the blueprint on how life is going to be, but at the end of the day, I can only tell them so much, and they have to live it themselves.

Hennick then reported the incident to security, which Red Sox officials confirmed in a statement.

James said he heard a couple athletes say they expect racist remarks when they play in Boston. "It's not an indictment on Boston and this marketplace, it's an indictment on the ignorant people and intolerant people who utter these words and say these things, and they need to be held accountable". "It's 2017 and we're still kind of dealing with that, especially with how integrated everything is". I can't recall me ever hearing something that was racism towards me. "People are feeling very comfortable with bigotry that we haven't seen in a long time".

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