When Someone Threw Peanuts And Shouted Racial Slurs At This Baseball Player, Rival Fans Took A Stand

"It just caught me off guard a little bit."

Adam Jones is only one of only 62 African-Americans in Major League Baseball, but even in modern times, he's still had to face racial discrimination. On Monday, during the beginning of the Baltimore Orioles' third series against the Boston Red Sox, the center fielder received racist taunts from spectators at Fenway Park

After the game, Jones spoke out about the incident, according to USA Today. "A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me," Jones said. "I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. It was pretty awesome. Thanks." 

Although this incident isn't the first time Jones has faced racial discrimination, especially at Fenway park, he did state that it was by far the worst. "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 my family."

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Following his comments on Monday, the Red Sox organization responded in defense of the center fielder. Sox principal owner John Henry and team president Sam Kennedy informed Jones yesterday that they were working to make sure the situation wouldn't happen again, with one of the most recognized strategies being the team banning spectators for life, according to ESPN. However, Jones was completely caught off guard by the standing ovation he received before batting against Sox pitcher Chris Sale on Tuesday night. 

See some videos from the scene below:

"I appreciate what [the fans] did," said Jones. "I have never on the road gotten any standing ovations like that, so it just caught me off guard a little bit." Jones was later struck out by Sale, but the pitcher gave him some more time to enjoy the moment before getting him out. "It was much appreciated by the Boston Red Sox and MLB for getting ahead of it. ... Appreciative action was taken and that not everybody feels the same way as selected people." 

Even though racial discrimination is still prevalent in the world of sports, moments like this continue to show progress, not just for the MLB but society as a whole. The battle is far from over, but if the Boston Red Sox move strongly and swiftly with the team's alleged new punishments in order to promote no-hate environments for everyone, it could move the team and sports in America forward.  

(H/T: Fox Sports)

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