A major league baseball team is considering possible punishments—including a lifetime ban—for fans who direct racial epithets at MLB players in their ballpark.
On Wednesday, Boston Red Sox’s President Sam Kennedy said in an interview with the Boston Herald, “We want to make sure that our fans know, and the market knows, that offensive language, racial taunts, slurs are unacceptable. If you do it, you’re going to be ejected. If you do it, you’re going to be subject to having your tickets revoked for a year, maybe for life. We’re going to look at that. We haven’t made any firm decisions, but it just can’t happen.”
Kennedy addressed the issue following claims by Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones that he “was called the N-word a handful of times” during the Orioles’5-2 victory over the Red Sox Monday.
According to Newsday, New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia said Tuesday that, during the 17 years of his MLB career, he has only heard the “N-word” directed toward him when he played in Boston. Sabathia asserted that black MLB players expect to face racism when they play the Red Sox at home.
When Kennedy and Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry discussed the issue with members of the Red Sox, they were told by players that they “have heard inappropriate remarks in this ballpark, in other ballparks.”
In a Tuesday interview, Kennedy told WEEI that security personnel at Fenway Park ejected 34 fans from the stadium during Monday’s game, including one who threw a bag of peanuts at Jones.
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