(WCVB) BOSTON —The Boston Red Sox said Wednesday it ejected and banned a fan from Fenway Park that security said used a racial slur.
According to Red Sox officials, “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 organization will not tolerate the use of racial slurs at Fenway Park, and we have apologized to those affected,” the team said in a statement. “There is no place for racial epithets at Fenway Park, in baseball or in our society.”
Calvin Hennick described in a Facebook post the incident that happened in front of his 6-year-old son.
Hennick said the incident happened immediately following the singing of the national anthem. According to Hennick, a Kenyan woman had finished singing the national anthem, when a middle-aged white man wearing a Red Sox hat and T-shirt leaned over to him and used a racial slur to describe the woman’s rendition of the anthem.
Hennick, 35, was sitting at the game with his father-in-law, who is black, and his 6-year-old son.
“I thought that surely I’d misheard him,” Hennick wrote. “This was the day after Fenway fans had made national headlines for racism, and the man could plainly see me sitting with my black father-in-law and half-black son. I asked him to repeat himself, and he said again, ‘She (expletive) it up.'”
Hennick said he found an usher and told him what transpired. He said the Red Sox moved his family away from the scene, and kicked the fan out of the game. “But not before I was brought to identify him, at which point the man denied saying what he had said to me three times,” Hennick said.
The team said the matter was turned over to Boston police, who would further investigate with their civil rights unit and determine whether it merits further action.
Red Sox team president Sam Kennedy confirmed the decision while speaking with the media in the press box Wednesday night.
According to WEEI, Kennedy believes this is the first time a lifetime ban has been imposed for a fan at Fenway Park.
He said he understands it will be hard to enforce, but added that the Fenway Park security team will take the proper steps to ensure they do the best they can.
“We’re going to have to work really hard with our security operation,” Kennedy told WEEI. “We know who the person is, and we will work hard to do everything we can. It’s unprecedented, so it may be difficult. But I can tell you this was an individual game buyer, not a season-ticket holder.”
The move comes a day after Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones complained Monday night that he heard the N-word several times, then had a fan throw peanuts toward him in the dugout.
Red Sox officials apologized and said that only one of 34 fans kicked out of the game was ejected for using foul language toward a player, and it wasn’t clear whether that was toward Jones.
Boston police said the peanuts hit a nearby police officer, and Fenway security kicked out the man who threw them before he could be identified by authorities.
Boston. Come on. Again? Not even 24 hours later? The Fenway Faithful were giving a standing ovation to Adam Jones after his racial incident, but oh no, not before the Boston racism card comes rearing its ugly head again. This article isn’t going to be me trashing on the existing racism in Boston because Boston is a racist place, but then again so is everywhere else. This article is just for the douchebag in the grandstand last night.
So like this kid, I have one parent who is black and one who is white. I see racism more often than not. Calvin Hemmick is just trying to grant his kid’s birthday wish and brings along his father-in-law. That’s great. I love it. Look at the kid’s face. There’s sheer excitement all over it. If I was a parent, this would be the greatest feeling in the world. As a teenager, I can still remember the first time I went to Fenway. Ironically, they were playing to Orioles that time as well. I was maybe 7 years old and on the way home, I vividly remember calling it “the best day of my life.”
To the dad, he should be a hero. Less and less people are taking a stand against racism, and rarely are they white, so a shout out to this guy for realizing what needs to be done. In the 21st century, we think the main battle is with the LGBTQ community, but we’re still facing battles fought 60 years ago. Thinking racism is over is a stupid statement. Racism is unavoidable no matter where you go. It is never going to go away completely, but measures can be done to try to fight the good fight and tone down it all.
I think the lifetime ban the guy received is completely fair. Honestly, send it to a civil lawsuit and there’s no way they don’t win. He was a coward for denying everything once security questioned him. That’s a puss move. That’s the kid in middle school who calls someone a “bitch” and then gets tattled on and immediately switches his story up. Except you don’t get out of it in the real world.
I don’t know what was said, nor do I wish too. Whatever he said and the morals that guy possesses is between him and the man upstairs. If he said it to Hemmick and his father-in-law, who is black, is standing two seats next to him, did he not expect him to also question it? In the black community, it usually goes unquestioned. I have been at Fenway and someone has said the n-word to my father and people around him laughed. He just kept walking acting unaffected, because what else is he going to do? I have a lighter complexion, so people widely assume I’m white, so when talking with new people and they say something racist, I am taken back by it. People are so quick to say something when they think no one is going to question it.
I really am not trying to get political, but our president is not helping the situation at all. Ever since Trump has been in office, there’s been a lot more racist incidents. Since Trump was trashing Mexicans, the country assumes it is okay to be racist again. I will say a lot of people are not racist directly, but lately, it seems it is happening a lot more.
Personally, I think a firestorm is upon us. If this incident doesn’t show you anything, literally happening a day after a nationwide incident at the same location, then I don’t know what will. It is just a matter of time before more and more athletes and players start speaking up and going against not only Boston but places all over the country. This article is more serious than previous ones, because this is a real-life topic, and it’s going to take a lot to make a change that is necessary.