One day after receiving racial taunts, Adam Jones was given a standing ovation from the Boston crowd.
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Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones sent a message to those who have doubted that he was the target of racial slurs earlier this month at Fenway Park.
“This is not a sports debate show,” Jones wrote in The Players’ Tribune on Friday. “This is my real life. It happened. And it’s point-blank disgusting.”
There has been no louder denier of the events detailed first to USA TODAY Sports after an Orioles-Red Sox game on May 1 than former Boston pitcher Curt Schilling, who went on a Boston radio station this week and asserted that Jones “is somebody creating a situation” and was “lying.”
“To the people asking me where’s the proof?” Jones said in a video that was part of his story. “Well, what I’d say to people is to come play center field and be in my shoes. That’s all I have to say . . . They don’t listen to what I have to listen (to). Just come be in my shoes and your perspective in life will be changed drastically.”
The Fenway incident wasn’t the first time Jones wrote that he was targeted with racially insensitive slurs. Jones, a native of San Diego, detailed the first time he had been subjected to it as a ballplayer.
“I was 19 years old, playing AA ball in Springfield, Missouri, that a white person called me the N-word straight to my face,” Jones wrote. “I was walking home with a teammate after dinner, and this older guy on a bike came riding past, yelling out racist insults at us for no reason.
“Of course, he didn’t…