The Boston Red Sox banished Fenway Park’s lifelong fan of a racist insult in a separate incident from the insults directed the night before at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.
“I am here to send a loud and clear message that the behavior, language, treatment of others you have heard about and read is not acceptable,” said Red Sox president Sam Kennedy, In an impromptu statement to the press during Wednesday’s game.
“We have to recognize that this exists in our culture,” Kennedy said. “It’s not descriptive of Boston … it’s a handful of ignorant, intolerant people.”
Boston Stadium witnessed another racist incident the night after Jones, who is black, said he had been shouted a racist epithet from the stands in Monday’s game.
Calvin Hennick, a Boston resident who took his son to his first home team game as a gift for his sixth birthday, wrote on Facebook and confirmed to The Associated Press that an amateur sitting nearby had used a racist epithet to refer to the person Who sang the national anthem. Surprised, Hennick asked him to repeat it, something the other man did.
Hennick called security and the other man, who was not identified, was expelled. The accused man denied using the insult.
Hennick, who is white, attended the game with his father-in-law, a native of Haiti, and his biracial son.
Kennedy said he believed it was the first time that a stadium fan had been permanently banned.
“It’s unprecedented, I think, in baseball,” he said. The team informed the staff that the amateur should not be allowed in and reported the incident to the police.