Black MLB Player Says "Fan" Threw Banana At Him
Count this as another example why any talk of "post-racial America" is comical. Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones says a fan threw a banana at him during yesterday's game against the San Francisco Giants.
Orioles outfielder Adam Jones had plenty to be pleased about following Baltimore's 10-2 road victory over the Giants, but a possible racially motivated incident forced the All-Star to take to Twitter to voice his displeasure.
"I want to thank whatever slapd--- threw that banana towards my direction in CF in the last inning. Way to show ur class u jacka--," Jones tweeted to his more than 129,000 followers.
Jones, who is black, went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs Sunday.
Jim Moorehead, the Giants' senior director of media relations, told The Baltimore Sun on Sunday night that the Giants received no reports of an incident involving anything being throw on to the field in the bottom of the ninth inning. Moorehead however told the Sun that the Giants will review security footage Monday.
Throwing a banana in the direction of a black player is considered a racist action and has taken place previously in the NHL as well as in European soccer.
Of course there will be those who will say that hurling a banana at a Black player isn't racially motivated. They would be wrong, though.
In an unrelated incident, last week a statue of Jackie Robinson, the player that broke the color barrier in major league baseball, in Brooklyn was defaced with racist rhetoric.
Check out Jones' tweets regarding the incident in the gallery.
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