Just a quick follow up to some of the comments that we have made on Twitter today regarding Adam Jones and his accusation that Boston Red Sox fans were spewing "racist comments" and throwing peanuts at his head as he entered the Orioles bench following a Red Sox offensive series.
The peanut throwing part of the story are absolutely true. As evidenced in this video noting the fan was ejected from the game, as is the procedure when you throw anything on the field:
As we've talked about, this isn't the first time this has happened to Adam Jones. According to these articles, Jones has accused other cities he has played in of either throwing objects, such as Bananas (I swear it wasn't us) at him during gameplay without evidence of such behavior. However, Jones hasn't been able to confirm or prove he was being "berated" with racist remarks an any of the three cities he has made a stink about.
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It just seems to me that baseball is a sport that joins the other three major sports in America that highlights the racism that does indeed exist in each and every community. However, it doesn't just exist on this day, highlighted by this player, playing in this particular city.
Adam Jones is being heralded as a victim, when we should all be questioning his projection of racism in America through his platform as a professional athlete. His support of ousted and talentless QB Colin Kaepernick kneeling for the National Anthem just verifies his distinct very apparent support for division in this country and Jones' unwillingness to promote unity and togetherness within our communities.
Adam Jones has been towing the line of racism in baseball for his entire career, using cities like Boston, San Francisco, and Toronto as prime examples of how racism still exists in our communities. However, he's lying though his teeth when it comes to each incident. Although being able to pinpoint exactly where racist comments came from in the stands that night, Jones should understand that he's not the first victim in the history of professional sports, and he won't be the last.
Adam Jones' actions as a baseball player only further divide our country. His appetite for attention and willingness to accuse others of wrongdoing only encourages the citizens of our great nation to deal with problems by crying "wolf" and demanding apologies instead of dealing with problems as they come - head on, heads up. Be a man Adam. Stand up and say, "shit happens, it isn't right, time to move on."
Don't sit there and demand punishment for something that goes unpunished (wrongly) every day, just because you play professional sports.