The tension between Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones and the Boston Red Sox, stemming from Boston fans yelling racial slurs, has been one of the biggest stories in sports this week.
On Tuesday, Jones — who had asked that fans just stick to booing — was greeted with a loud ovation at Fenway Park. However, the saga did not end there.
According to the Associated Press, one fan yelled out a racial slur at the national anthem singer on Wednesday. Another fan soon alerted security, who escorted the offending patron from the stadium and banned him for life.
“I'm here to send a message, loud and clear, that the behavior, the language, the treatment of others that you've heard about and read about is not acceptable,” Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said.
“We have to recognize that this exists in our culture," he added. "It's not indicative of Boston. [...] It's a handful of ignorant and intolerant people.”
Kennedy later said that he believed this was the first time that any fan had been banned from Fenway, much less any other major league park.
Calvin Hennick, the fan who alerted security, told the AP that he likely would have done the same even without Jones's comments on his mind.
“I think I would have said something anyway. I'm kind of a squeaky wheel,” he explained. “But I'm glad the Sox are encouraging fans to come forward. I was just pleased that they took it really seriously.”