Rob Manfred, Tony Clark, Red Sox, others react to racial slurs directed at Orioles' Adam Jones

Jon Meoli
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Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said in a text message that the "club is working with MLB and the Red Sox" to address center fielder Adam Jones' treatment last night at Fenway Park, which included a bag of peanuts thrown at him in the dugout and racial abuse on the field.

“A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me,” Jones told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale after the game. “I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.”

Jones said he heard there were as many as 60 ejections at Fenway Park. Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy told WEEI that 34 people were ejected from the park Monday.

"It’s unfortunate that people need [resort] to those types of epithets to degrade another human being," he said. "I’m trying to make a living for myself and for my family. … It’s unfortunate. The best thing about myself is that I continue to move on, and still play the game hard. Let people be who they are. Let them show their true colors.”

Manager Buck Showalter will address the issue during his regular pregame media session, the club said.

But before that, he appeared on MLB Network as part of their pregame coverage for Tuesday's game, and said he had just met with Red Sox owner John Henry and team president Sam Kennedy.

"It’s something that I really applaud their quick actions, really rallying around something that just can’t be tolerated," Showalter said. "Adam and I have had some private conversations about it, not just now but over the years, and understand that it’s something that’s passionate to all of us that wear our uniform, and hopefully, everybody in our game. Unfortunately, it’s part of society as much as baseball.

Duquette, who has roots in the area after a long stint as Boston Red Sox general manager, will also be at Fenway Park himself.

In the interim, Major League Baseball and several stakeholders in Massachusetts are condemning the actions Jones spoke of after the game.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon: “The racist words and actions directed at Adam Jones at Fenway Park last night are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated at any of our ballparks. 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. Our 30 clubs will continue to work with fans and security to provide a family-friendly environment.  Any individual who behaves in such offensive fashion will be immediately removed from the ballpark and subject to further action.

“The behavior of these few ignorant individuals does not reflect the millions of great baseball fans who attend our games.”

MLB players association executive director Tony Clark said the following in a statement: "It should go without saying that the type of behavior displayed toward Adam Jones at Fenway Park last night is reprehensible, unacceptable, unfortaunte, and should not be tolerated on any level. Sadly, however, racist acts and behavior continue to plague our society, and our ballparks are not immunie. We must continue to work together to deter this type of behavior and get serious about educating people about its deleterious impact. Until we take more of a leadership position in this conversation, these racist acts may blemish the image of the sport and further undermine all that we can accomplish."

Kennedy issued a statement Tuesday morning in response to the incident: "The Red Sox want to publicly apologize to Adam Jones and the entire Orioles organization for what occurred at Fenway Park Monday night. No player should have an object thrown at him on the playing field, nor be subjected to any kind of racism at Fenway Park. The Red Sox have zero tolerance for such inexcusable behavior, and our entire organization and our fans are sickened by the conduct of an ignorant few. Such conduct should be reported immediately to Red Sox security, and any spectator behaving in this manner forfeits his/her right to remain in the ballpark, and may be subject to further action. Our review of last night's events is ongoing."

Boston mayor Marty Walsh also put out a statement responding to what took place Monday night.

"This is unacceptable and not who we are as a city," Walsh said. "These words and actions have no place in Fenway, Boston, or anywhere. We are better than this."

Later, Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker tweeted: "Fenway fans behavior at the Red Sox game last night was unacceptable. This is not what Massachusetts & Boston are about."

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