BOSTON (CBS) – Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was greeted with a standing ovation in his first at bat at Fenway Park a day after he says he was subjected to racist taunts.
On Monday night, Jones claims he was “called the N-word a handful of times” and a bag of peanuts was thrown at him.
When Jones walked to the plate in the first inning to face Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, fans stood and cheered. A few moments later, Jones stepped out of the batter’s box and acknowledged the crowd.
Fans cheered again after Jones struck out.
Before the game, Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts called on fans to “literally stand up for Jones” and say no to racism.
Jones said he did not want special treatment, and welcomed fans to boo him.
“Treat me normal. Keep the racial stuff out of it,” Jones said before Tuesday’s game. “I don’t want love and support. I just want the fans to be normal.
The Red Sox apologized to Jones and said the entire organization is “sickened” by the conduct.