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Boston Red Sox permanently ban fan caught using racial slur at Fenway Park

Yahoo, May 4, 2017

Boston Red Sox permanently ban fan caught using racial slur at Fenway Park

The Boston Red Sox have permanently banned from Fenway Park a man they said used a racial slur, a separate confrontation from the insults directed at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones a night earlier but one the team says it is taking just as seriously. “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 during an impromptu update for reporters in the back of the press box during Wednesday night’s game.

We have to recognize that this exists in our culture. It’s not indicative of Boston. … It’s a handful of ignorant and intolerant people.

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy

One night after Jones spoke out about being called the N word by a fan in the Fenway stands, rekindling the debate about the city’s mixed history of racial tolerance, the ballpark was the site of another racist encounter. Calvin Hennick, a Boston resident bringing his son to his first Red Sox game as a present for his sixth birthday, wrote on Facebook on Wednesday night that a neighboring fan used a variant of the N word when referring to the national anthem singer — a Kenyan woman. Surprised, Hennick asked him to repeat it, and the other fan did. Hennick, who is white, was at the game with his father-in-law, who is originally from Haiti, and his biracial son. At first he assumed the other fan mistook him for a kindred spirit, Hennick said, but now he believes the man was reacting to the uproar over Jones.

I was sitting there with my mixed-race family. The more I think about it, the more I think it was a deliberate thumb in the eye. He wanted to prove that he could say whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted.

Calvin Hennick

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