Adam Jones #10 of the Baltimore Orioles. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Nate Scott, USA TODAY Sports
After Sunday night's 10-2 Orioles win over the San Francisco Giants, Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones went on Twitter to say that a fan at the Giants' AT&T Park had thrown a banana towards him in the outfield.
There has been no video of the incident to surface yet, but it's hard to imagine that Jones would simply make something like this up.
Jones also said the incident, and the fact that some on Twitter defended the actions of whomever threw the banana, was reason for him to leave social media.
Throwing bananas is a racist gesture rarely seen anymore in American athletics, though it is still a rampant problem in European soccer, especially in Italy.
While some may excuse this as a drunk fan angry at Jones for making a big play (he hit a three-run home run in the top of the inning), the overtly racist message implied by throwing a banana is impossible to ignore. You can't just buy a bunch of bananas at a baseball game. If Jones' allegations are true, this is a very serious issue that the Giants and Major League Baseball need to address.
Giants senior director of media relations Jim Moorehead told the Baltimore Sun that the team received no reports of an incident, adding that there will be a follow up Monday by reviewing the stadium's security cameras.
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