Bill Russell

Orioles' Adam Jones says racial slurs crossed line, receives ovation during game

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said Tuesday that he's all for the typical trash talk that comes from the stands at major league ballparks — and he's heard it over his 10-year career — but made it clear that racial slurs directed at him at Fenway Park on Monday night crossed a line.

His acknowledgment of the incident set off swift reaction and support from the host Red Sox, the city of Boston and Major League Baseball, showing just how significant his voice has become in a sport that's low on African-American representation and in a nation where racial tensions simmer hotter by the day.

"I think it's always timing," Jones said. "I try to make sure I don't just...