Red Sox Fan Banned From Fenway Park For Using Racial Slur; Boston PD Will Now Investigate

BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Red Sox have turned an alleged racial slur incident Tuesday over to the Boston Police for investigation.

The statement was allegedly made by a fan before Tuesday night’s Red Sox-Orioles game.

He has been banned from Fenway Park. The incident happened a day after Orioles outfielder Adam Jones says he was targeted by racist taunts.

Calvin Hennick, a white man, was at Tuesday’s game with his interracial son and black father-in-law when the man next to him made a comment about a Kenyan woman’s rendition of the national anthem.

“The white fan right next to me, the middle-aged man leaned over and said ‘she sang too long and she n-worded it up,’” Hennick told WBZ-TV.

Hennick says he was shocked when he heard the comment and asked the man to repeat himself, which he did.

“It was the day after the Jones incident and he was sort of proving, ‘I can say whatever I want to say, to whoever I want to say it to,'” Hennick said. “I think it was pointed at us.”

Hennick reported it to an usher and they were moved to better seats.

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Calvin Hennick (center) with his son and father-in-law at Fenway Park (Courtesy photo)

“The offending individual was promptly ejected from the ballpark, and has since been notified they are no longer welcome at Fenway Park,” the Red Sox said in a statement Wednesday night.

“The Red Sox organization will not tolerate the use of racial slurs at Fenway Park, and we have apologized to those affected.”

Hennick says he is happy with how the Red Sox handled the situation.

“I think it’s important when people say this sort of thing that they’re put back in their place, that people tell them that this is not acceptable, people stand up and say no we’re not going to tolerate this,” Hennick said.

On Monday night, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said he was taunted by racial slurs and had a bag of peanuts thrown at him. The Red Sox apologized to Jones, saying they were “sickened” by the conduct.

The fans who made the comments have not been identified.

The president of the Boston unit of the NAACP says she believes that federal workplace rules could be invoked to make Fenway Park a safe place for workers and fans.

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  1. Banned? Turned the matter over to the Boston Police? Has the First Amendment been repealed? What happened to, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it?” While the fan is an idiot. This is an insult to everyone who currently serves in the Armed Forces and those who served in the past who took an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.

    1. First amendment rights do not protect you on private property. Red Sox are well within their rights to ban him. Kinda like how you can’t scream “Fire!” in public, even though you would argue that it’s freedom of speech. It’s a privilege to watch a baseball game, not a right.

  2. I noticed the man who reported the incident to an usher was a caucasian man who’s spouse is african american and was attending the game with biaracial and african american father in law. A friend of mine is also a white guy married to a black lady and I can tell you he was hiighly senstive to persons using the N word in any context. In my opinion he was more nded by someone using the N word than his wife, so the offender definitely picked the wrong white guy to share his comment with!

  3. Homer Sims says:

    why don’t they release the so called fans name? why is he being protected to some degree the entire city should know the name of the man who is not only disrespecting the woman singing but the team as a whole. My guess if its turned over to Boston PD THS guy got a dinner out on them and can eventually rest assured he will be protected and can run for office these type of people are sneaky cowards they use OUR laws for their own purposes. Release his name so HIS family can share in the humility like those immediately affected have done but no way he’s just a fan!! great job Red Sox organization and fenway park

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