Red Sox Eject, Ban Fan Who Allegedly Used Racial Slur

Ross Houston
May 6, 2017

The Red Sox on Wednesday permanently banned from Fenway Park a man they said used a racial slur toward another fan, a separate confrontation from the insults directed at Jones, but one the team says it is taking just as seriously. "The Red Sox turned the matter over to the Boston Police Department, who will further investigate with their civil rights unit and determine whether it merits further action".

Jones did, in fact, get a standing ovation at Fenway Park on Tuesday night. Most Red Sox fans are great fans, and Jones received a attractive standing ovation from those fans the day after. "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".

The slur was reported by a man named Calvin Hennick, who was at the game with his son and father-in-law and relayed his experience to the Boston Globe.

"It's not the only park I've been in where I've heard it", Jason Heyward told media members. At first he assumed the other fan mistook him for a kindred spirit, Hennick said, but now he believes the man was reacting to the uproar over Jones. Racism is going to be a part of time forever, I believe.


Hours after a conference call to tell the Red Sox and Orioles "Enough is enough", Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman was ejected in the second inning for hitting a batter as Boston went on to win 4-2 Wednesday night at Fenway Park. He said the Red Sox moved his family away from the scene, and kicked the fan out of the game. "We don't think that's the right way to play baseball".

It didn't take long for the Red Sox to have to issue another ban from Fenway Park.

On Monday, Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was subjected to racial taunts by Boston fans during a game.

"It's unfortunate that people need to resort to those type of epithets to degrade another human being", Jones said.


Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz pitched well for the Red Sox again.

When the two teams played on Monday night in Boston, Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy hit Mookie Betts with a pitch.

Chris Young and Dustin Pedroia each had an RBI for the Red Sox, with Pedroia (1-for-3) moving into a tie with Harry Hooper for eighth place on the team's career hits list, with 1,707. "It's 2017 and we're still kind of dealing with that, especially with how integrated everything is".

"I know there's been a lot of back and forth between these two teams but you're costing the Orioles their pitcher, and that cannot only hurt the team for the game it can hurt them for a number of days because now you gotta use your bullpen and you gotta use multiple pitchers that you might not have used".


Hennick said he didn't feel like the experience soured him on the ballpark or the city.

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