Red Sox issue lifetime ban to heckler for racial slur at another fan

The Red Sox permanently banned a fan from Fenway Park after a racial slur was used toward another fan.

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said Wednesday that a fan has been permanently banned from Fenway Park after using a racial slur toward another fan during Tuesday night's game.

The incident came 24 hours after Orioles outfielder Adam Jones claimed Monday that a fan used a racially-charged slur towards him while he was in the outfield.

"I'm here to send a message loud and clear that the treatment of others that you've been reading about here lately is unacceptable," Kennedy said. "Yesterday I was angered, frustrated. Today I feel a sense of sadness and deep remorse these things happen in our society ... If one fan feels uncomfortable, that's one fan too many."

Kennedy said the fan who came forward was in a conversation with another fan who used "derogatory and unacceptable language."

"I want to thank the fan who raised this issue, did exactly what we asked fans to do as soon as they heard inappropriate and offensive language," Kennedy said. "Hopefully this is a step forward and in a crazy way maybe something positive happened from all this."

The Red Sox and Boston fans in general have been adamant racial heckling does not accurately represent the way their fans conduct themselves, but an outpouring of African-American MLB players have come forward since the Jones incident to reveal they've had similar experiences when playing at Fenway Park.

The Orioles-Red Sox series has gone on to produce numerous fireworks on the field with pitchers and hitters getting ejected for various reasons.

Despite the hard stance on the lifetime ban, Kennedy acknowledged it will be hard to enforce the ban at Fenway given all the entrances, but security will do the best it can.

"There is no place for racial epithets at Fenway Park, in baseball, or in our society," the team said in the statement.

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