Adam Jones Says Fans At Fenway Called Him The N-Word And Threw Peanuts At Him

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BOSTONBaltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones was berated by racist taunts at Fenway Park while a bag of peanuts was thrown at him Monday night, calling it one of the worst cases of fan abuse he has heard in his career. “A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me,’’ Jones said, “I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.’’ Jones, one of just 62 African-Americans on opening-day rosters this year, said he has been subjected to racist hecklings in the past at Fenway Park, but said this was one of the worst experiences of his 12-year career.

Whenever I hear a story like this, and it happens more than we care to admit, my first instinct is to get defensive. “It’s just one guy!” “Boston isn’t like that!” “We’re better fans!” “This is an old, tired stereotype and things aren’t really like this anymore!” That’s not exactly the correct reaction but when you’ve been to Fenway 100s of times and can picture yourself in the situation, you kinda feel backed into a corner. No one wants a “racist” label, not even racists, so I don’t think it’s unnatural to fight back against it.

But the fact of the matter is it happened and it continues to happen soooo, I don’t know, maybe just fucking knock it off? I really don’t know what to say because it’s hard to negotiate with the kind of people who even consider yelling a racial slur in a public place, but could we take a crack at another method of heckling? Tell Adam Jones that he mixes Wheaties with his mama’s toe jam. Tell him he bobs for apples in the toilet… and he likes it. Hell, take the gloves off and tell him that he plays ball like a girl. Yeah, get real offensive with it. Just stop sounding like a Southern plantation owner when you’re sitting in the bleachers at Fenway Park. It’s fucking embarrassing and you’re putting the rest of us in a pretty tight spot trying to defend Boston while not defending racist assholes.