Red Sox permanently ban fan for racial slur at another fan

Jessica Allison
May 8, 2017

Orioles starter Kevin Gausman was ejected immediately after hitting Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts with a pitch in the second inning of Wednesday night's game at Fenway Park. That game also included an incident in which a Boston fan said another fan used a racial slur, and the team announced Wednesday that it had permanently banned the man accused of employing that language. Officials have not released the name of the man who received the lifetime ban.

Hennick says he is happy with how the Red Sox handled the situation. According to USA Today, Jones was taunted during the game and a bag of peanuts was thrown at him. The team apologized, as did the Boston mayor and MA governor, and Red Sox players came to Jones' defense.

The Reds' speedy leadoff hitter ended one of the major leagues' longest home run droughts with a three-run shot, and Devin Mesoraco hit his first in more than two years, powering Cincinnati to a 7-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.

This time the Red Sox are making it clear, that behavior won't be tolerated. "He wasn't trying to hit the player...we were just competing in the game". "For me, I've been to Boston, I've played in Boston a lot". Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said he thinks it's the first time a fan has been barred for life from Fenway.

Kennedy said: "We have to recognize that this exists in our culture, it exists in Boston, and it exists in other cities around the world". A civil rights unit will determine if further action will be taken.

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James admits that he himself hasn't had to deal with racism or racial slurs in Boston during his trips to the TD Garden, however he applauded fellow players and those that stood by Jones' side this week.

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. I want to thank the fan who raised this issue, who did exactly what we asked the fans to do yesterday while all this was going on.

"While there was a residue of racism in the game, certainly it wasn't out in the open when I played", he said.

"Hopefully, this is a step forward", Kennedy said.

"I've heard a couple athletes say, 'You expect that when you go to Boston, '" James told reporter.

Red Sox: Farrell said knuckleballer Steven Wright, who was put on the disabled list Monday with a sprained left knee, is "contemplating the options that are available to him and "surgery's not ruled out.".

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