Red Sox president Sam Kennedy addresses Adam Jones incident
Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy has weighed in on the incident involving Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, who said he heard racial slurs and had peanuts thrown at him during Monday’s game.
Kennedy acknowledged reviewing 34 ejection reports from Monday’s game at Fenway Park. The Red Sox executive noted that none of them appeared to involve racial taunting, the organization is taking Jones “at his word.”
“It was a high level of ejections but the reports did not specifically reference racial taunting,” Kennedy said Tuesday on WEEI, via the Boston Herald. “However, I want to be very clear: that is not the point. We take Adam Jones at his word and that is unacceptable for what happened.”
Kennedy did address the peanut bag incident as well.
Sam Kennedy on peanuts bag: “It sounds like it was directed at Adam Jones and it actually hit a member of the Boston police department"
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The Red Sox executive rejected the notion that racist incidents are a prevalent issue at Fenway.
“One or two incidents over the last year where there was offensive language (related to racism), but not directed at a player, I think it was one of our staff members. But that’s not the point,” Kennedy said when speaking on WEEI Tuesday afternoon. “If Adam Jones felt unsafe and the words were directed at him that’s unacceptable and needs to be addressed. We’re doing the best we can to address it.”
Kennedy added he has been in contact with Jones and Orioles general manager Dan Duquette and hopes to meet with both of them. He also issued a statement Tuesday morning apologizing on behalf of the Red Sox organization.
Kennedy stressed that Monday’s incident involving Jones shouldn’t be used to cast all Red Sox fans in a negative light.
“The longer answer is I don’t think it is an indictment on the Red Sox or all of New England or Boston or the Boston Red Sox organization,” Kennedy said. “I think it is an indictment on a small group or even an individual person who would be ignorant to say something like that. It’s disgusting and there is no place for it. If we find someone that does that, we have a zero tolerance policy related to our code of conduct.”