Orioles' Jones claims racist abuse at Fenway
Baltimore Orioles' centre fielder Adam Jones claims he was racially abused by fans at Boston Red Sox's Fenway Park on Monday.
Jones made the allegations following the Orioles' 5-2 win, which left them a game clear at the top of the AL East.
"A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me," Jones told USA Today. "I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.
"I heard there was 59 or 60 ejections tonight in the ball-park. It is what it is, right. I just go out and play baseball. It's unfortunate that people need to resort to those type of epithets to degrade another human being.
"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 colours."
And Jones called for the punishment for such behaviour to be more severe.
"It's pathetic," he said. "It's called a coward. What they need to do is that instead of kicking them out of the stadium, they need to fine them 10 grand, 20 grand, 30 grand. Something that really hurts somebody. Make them pay in full. And if they don't, take it out of their check.
"That's how you hurt somebody. You suspend them from the stadium, what does that mean? It's a slap on the wrist. That guy needs to be confronted, and he needs to pay for what he's done.
"At the end of the day, when you throw an object onto the field of play, the player has no idea what it is. What if something hit me right in the eye and I can't play baseball anymore. Then what? I just wear it? No.
"Things like that need to be handled a little more properly, in my opinion."