MLB reportedly investigating Adam Jones for vitriolic comments about field invaders
Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones could be subject to discipline by Major League Baseball due to his inflammatory comments towards fans after two individuals invaded the field of play (video here) during the team’s game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday.
Jones’ comments indicated that he feels players should be able to retaliate and inflict harm upon fans who trespass on the field, additionally adding that police should deal with them with extreme prejudice, saying, “‘I wish the cops Tase the living s–t out of them.”
Jones comments about how players should get a crack at trespassers in their entirety:
“I let them know how I felt, obviously a lot of choice words because I think it’s idiotic for people to run on the field, and I think the punishment needs to be a lot harsher and they should let us have a shot to kick them with our metal spikes on because it’s stupid. You look like a jackass when you run on the field. We don’t go to any other events. We don’t go to other sporting events and do that to their jobs, but they come to ours and do that.
“I get it, you’re drunk and you want to be on SportsCenter. Your ass is going to jail with a fine, and you might not be allowed to come back to the ballpark. I remember a couple of years ago, one dude broke his ankle in Baltimore. I was laughing at him. I wish he shattered his finger because it’s stupid. It’s just plain old stupid.”
Those comments reportedly have prompted the MLB to investigate, according to a CBS Baltimore report.
Jones, as argued previously here, do have some merit to a certain extent — when a fan runs on to the field, he or she is breaking the law and should be treated accordingly, as they not only are putting their own safety at risk but arguably the players’ safety as well.
But Jones probably crossed the line when he stated that players should get the chance to “kick them with our metal spikes” before said trespassers are hauled off to jail.
Jones said Wednesday that he stands by his comments and is not worried about being subjected to any discipline.
“Not sorry,” Jones said. “I’m not going to say it if I don’t mean it. Obviously, I don’t want to inflict any pain on people, but if you put us in harm’s way, [I’ve] got to protect myself.
“That’s all it’s about. Players don’t pay to come watch the fans, fans pay to come watch the players. Cuss us out, badger us, but don’t put our lives, our safety in jeopardy.”
Jones insists that for the most part, the reaction to his comments has been mostly positive.
“It’s been awesome, with everyone, friends around the league, [saying], like, ‘Dude, that’s awesome,” he said.
Regardless of what Jones says about anything that occurred or what he said about it afterward, a stern talking-to from the league may be in order for him, but anything above and beyond that, say a fine or suspension, arguably is unlikely, nor necessary.
[H/T Eye on Baseball]