Boston Red Sox Explain What A LifeTime Ban From Fenway Means
After last weeks situation with Adam Jones, the Boston Red Sox put a zero tolerance policy into motion with the goal of combating offensive language at Fenway Park. The policy saw immediate practice on Wednesday, when team president Sam Kennedy announced a fan had received a lifetime ban for directing a racial slur towards another person in attendance.
In a phone conversation with WEEI.com Monday, Boston Red Sox spokeswoman Zineb Curran answered some of the lingering questions from last week’s events, including how the team plans to enforce the lifetime ban against the fan in question.
“We informed this person verbally and in writing, and we’ve also flagged their credit card from being able to purchase tickets from the organization moving forward,” she said. “Key security personnel are aware of who the individual is. What we’re not doing is posting this person’s picture and name at every gate. That’s not something we’re doing. We know this isn’t a perfect or infallible system. And we recognize that enforcing it will be a difficult thing to do. But if the person is willing to take a risk and come back to the ballpark, there are actions that can be taken if they’re caught.”
Freelance writer Calvin Hennick, who reported the fan to security, told the Boston Globe he was at the game with his six-year-old son and father-in-law, both of whom are black. According to Hennick, a “middle-aged white man” leaned over to him and used a racial slur to describe the rendition of the national anthem, which was sung by a Kenyan woman.
Kennedy told reporters that the team reserves the right to ban any fan “engaging in intolerant behavior,” including homophobic and sexist remarks. While the Red Sox intend to enforce the hardline policy, Curran said the team will also use discretion when appropriate.
“[Zero tolerance] applies to all violations of our code of conduct,” she explained. “That includes forms of hate speech. It’s not just a race issue, and it does apply to a variety of other violations as well. It’s not just the use of certain words. But we’ll evaluate those incidents on a case-by-case basis and determine in each case what the best course of action may be.”