Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was heckled with a racial slur at Fenway Park during a game in 2013, according to two fans who were in attendance.
After the Red Sox blew a ninth inning lead against the Orioles on April 10, 2013, Pat Bowlby says he moved down to the front row of the bleachers near the bullpen for the bottom of the frame. While there, he says he encountered an unruly fan, who shouted the N-word at Jones.
“[Joel] Hanrahan blew the save and then in the bottom of the 9th inning fans were pretty unruly –– because it’s Fenway and the save was just blown,” Bowlby told WEEI.com via phone. “And Jones was in center field and a lot of the crowd was dispersed, so basically I was in the front row right near the bullpen. That guy just became really unruly and was directing a lot of hate towards Adam Jones. At first, it just started like, ‘Oh, you suck.’ Then I heard him shout the N-word at him and he was just straight up flipping him off and his buddies were just laughing.”
Bowlby’s friend, Jon Travers, told WEEI.com he told the heckler to “knock it off,” but was ignored. Though Travers says others in the section appeared surprised to hear the racial epithet, nobody else approached the man. He left before the inning was over.
“I was kind of shocked security didn’t intervene, because I’ve seen security intervene for dumber things than this,” Bowlby says.
Following the game that night, Bowlby sent out a string of tweets to Jones, apologizing for the fan’s alleged behavior.
In addition to the time-stamped tweets, Bowlby provided WEEI.com with a photograph to prove he was at the game in question.
Following the Orioles’ 5-2 victory over the Red Sox Monday, Jones told USA Today a handful of racial epithets and bag of peanuts were hurled in his direction. “I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome,” he said.
The Red Sox released a statement Tuesday condemning the alleged actions. Team president Sam Kennedy confirmed to WEEI a higher-than-usual 34 people were ejected from the contest, including the peanut thrower. He would not say whether any individuals who called Jones the N-word were removed from the stadium.
Four fans who were seated in the bleachers during Monday’s game told WEEI.com they didn’t hear the N-word shouted in Jones’ direction. The Orioles center fielder could be seen jarring with fans in the outfield bleachers at various points in the eighth and ninth innings.
On Wednesday, Kennedy said the Red Sox banned a fan for life after he had directed a racial slur towards another person in the stands prior to Tuesday’s contest. Calvin Hennick, who reported the alleged incident to security, said to the Boston Globe he was at the game with his six-year-old son and father-in-law, both of whom are black. According to Hennick, a “middle-aged white man” leaned over to him and used a racial slur to describe the rendition of the national anthem, which was sung by a Kenyan woman.
“It’s disheartening, saddening, maddening,’’ Kennedy said of the reported incident. “That said, we have to recognize that this exists in our culture, it exists in Boston, and it exists in other cities around the world. It’s not an indictment on Boston and this marketplace, it’s an indictment on the ignorant people and intolerant people who utter these words and say these things and they need to be held accountable.’’
As the Red Sox and Orioles wrap up their 4 game series tonight the Adam Jones incident is not going away anytime soon, nor should it. Incase you've been under a rock this week somebody called Adam Jones the N word during Monday night's game and it has caused quite the stir.
You have the rational people who are upset with what went down and want action, then some denying it entirely and others who are saying they won't believe it without proof. There's obviously other opinions too but I'd say that's the three major ways people have been going. As someone who also got kicked out of Fenway Monday night (unfairly I might add!) as-someone-who-got-kicked-out-of-fenway-last-night-i-am-disgusted-with-the-adam-jones-news.html I again want to reiterate that not everybody who got kicked out said the N word. I think that is very important to let you know. Some just were trying to get the crowd going in a comeback. If that's a crime, then lock me up.
In a way I understand the initial skepticism some people had since there was no video. Just because of the generation we live in. Everybody is always on their phones, especially at baseball games. You'd think someone would've gotten something from Monday night. In a big crowd you'd think at least a few people are snap chatting or something and maybe could've grabbed some audio. But I guess that didn't happen. Doesn't mean what Adam Jones said happened didn't happen. Like you do know that trees do make a sound when they fall even if nobody hears right? Just because you didn't see or hear something happen doesn't mean it didn't go down. Thinking that way is kind of stupid.
I'll prove it with this: It's like thinking just because you've never seen a million dollars up close that it doesn't exist. Nobody thinks like that. We know that just because you haven't seen it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
Well my friend, Pat Bowlby went semi-viral (Feitelberg quote retweeted him)
the other day when tweets he sent from all the way back to 2013 where he witnessed someone at Fenway direct a racial slur to Adam Jones. Pat apologized to Adam Jones multiple times on the behave of Red Sox fans. While it's cocky AF to think you speak for all of Red Sox Nation, Pat I think in this situation you are correct sir. Given how people kept asking for "proof" that this happened Monday, I'd think proof of it happening from 2013 would be a pretty big deal. Again this was in 2013, which to me feels like yesterday, but was FOUR years ago.
Of course the dude wearing a Hooters shirt was being an ass hole. Who would've ever guessed?
Adam Jones even responded. Considering the way this has been handled this week kind of weird he said he "loves it" but I digress. Although in this thread there is no reference to the N word, so maybe he just thought he was talking about fans talking regular shit. In fact I'm going to make an executive decision and say that's definitely what he's referring to because I doubt back in 2013 Adam Jones loved being called the N word.
So to all the people asking for proof. I'd like to think this probably will do the trick. But then again maybe not. You'd probably also like to see the autopsies of starving children to proof that's why they died. Again I think wondering why there was no footage is a very justifiable stance to have, but to entirely deny the situation because there was none is bananas to me. I can make another shitty analogy if you want.
Okay cool, here I go.
I've never been part of a threeway and have never seen one in person but they are definitely a thing. They happen literally everyday. I bet someone you love is partaking in one right now. Just because you don't witness something or there's no "proof" doesn't mean it didn't happen. This isn't a murder case we're talking about here.
Just because you didn't witness something doesn't mean it didn't happen. While I think people are definitely overreacting in our social justice warrior world by thinking an entire city is racist because of a few people or even just one shitty person. It's not. I'm guessing what was claimed did happen at the game Monday night. I don't think Boston is a racist city but like I've said before, there are shitty people everywhere. When you have 37,000 people packed together in a 100+ year old building I'm guessing not every single one of them is an upstanding citizen. Doesn't mean an entire city is shitty. Am I taking crazy pills here? I feel like this is a very simple idea to understand.
As for my man Pat. I've been to probably half a dozen Sox games with him if not more and consider him a trustworthy guy, I don't think he just made up this story for twitter all the way back in 2013. It happened. So if you really needed your proof. Here it is.
Would it of been nice to break this story on DOL? Maybe get some more eyes nationally/locally on here? Of course. But I'm just glad this information is out there. So now maybe it can show the idiots who don't believe the truth what has happened in the past at Fenway and hopefully it will never again. Pat I'll let it slide this time bro, but next time you have shit like this, come to Ole Dozo first.
P.S. The Sox lost that game in April of 2013, but guess who went yard?
Nava was an absolute monster in April of 2013. Big part of why the Sox got off to such a hot start. Also sorry that you're dead now Tommy Hunter, that stinks.
Double P.S. Just got this text from Pat.