Red Sox permanently ban fan for racial slur at another fan
- Author: Regina Holmes May 07, 2017,
May 07, 2017, 13:04
Security guard stands on the dugout roof and another on the field as Boston Red Sox fans watch Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones head to the clubhouse after he was ejected for arguing a strikeout during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. On Monday, the All-Star was the target of racial slurs at Fenway Park. A civil rights unit will determine if further action will be taken.
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.
According to Hennick, a Kenyan woman had finished singing the national anthem, when a middle-aged white man wearing a Red Sox hat and T-shirt leaned over to him and used a racial slur to describe the woman's rendition of the anthem.
Jones did, in fact, get a standing ovation at Fenway Park on Tuesday night.
The other fan denied using the slur but was barred for life nonetheless, the Globe reports.
Hennick, 35, was sitting at the game with his father-in-law, who is black, and his 6-year-old son.
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"I don't know who said it or what happened or the whole community in Boston or whatever the case may be, I've heard a couple of athletes say that you expect that when you go to Boston".
Jones said fans on Monday night threw a bag of peanuts at him and berated him using the N-word.
The tension stemmed from a growing feud between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox that began last month in Baltimore when the Orioles' Manny Machado injured Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox on a hard slide into second base.
Surely, Hennick thought, he must have misheard.
It's a good thing Jones said something, first to USA Today, to bring the issue to the fore because it's been kept under wraps for too long as an open secret.
"It was reported to Red Sox security that a racial slur was used in a comment from one fan to another fan". And now we're sitting here having to answer questions while the Red Sox are on their way home and it's just malarkey is what it is.
The Orioles and Red Sox will meet again Thursday night at Fenway Park in the series finale. "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".