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Major League Baseball issues statement on Adam Jones incident

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred on Tuesday issued a statement condemning what occurred Monday night at Fenway Park when Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was called racial slurs and had a bag of peanuts thrown at him.

“The racist words and actions directed at Adam Jones at Fenway Park last night are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated at any of our ballparks,” the statement read, via Hardball Talk. “My office has been in contact with the Red Sox, and the club has made it clear that they will not tolerate this inexcusable behavior.  Our 30 Clubs will continue to work with fans and security to provide a family-friendly environment.  Any individual who behaves in such offensive fashion will be immediately removed from the ballpark and subject to further action. The behavior of these few ignorant individuals does not reflect the millions of great baseball fans who attend our games.”

The Red Sox on Tuesday morning issued a statement of apology to both Jones and the Orioles. Red Sox president Sam Kennedy later took to Boston radio to continue addressing the incident.

Kennedy acknowledged on WEEI a review of ejection reports from Monday’s game. While it was confirmed that a bag of peanuts were thrown at Jones — although hitting a Boston police officer — no evidence from the reports explicitly confirmed that racial taunts had occurred.

Still, Kennedy stressed the Red Sox were taking Jones “at his word.” Kennedy added he’s been in contact with both Jones and Orioles general manager Dan Duquette and hopes to meet with them before Tuesday’s game.

There obviously isn’t much a team can do to deal with this kind of behavior except for ejecting the fan after the fact. Unfortunately, the damage already has been done.

At the same time, an increased security presence arguably could inhibit some fans from engaging in this kind of behavior. But that won’t solve the issue entirely, either.