As the sports world confronts the systemic racism across all levels and professions, several black Major League Baseball players, active and retired, have shared their various experiences with racism.
Among them was former outfielder Torii Hunter, who described being the subject of racist slurs and other verbal abuses during Boston Red Sox games at Fenway Park. It affected Hunter so much he had no-trade clause for Boston in his veteran contracts. (Adam Jones, formerly of the Baltimore Orioles, had previously commented about the racist slurs he had heard at Fenway Park over the years.)
The Red Sox released a statement Wednesday supporting Hunter’s claims and owning the reality of the incidents.
“If you doubt (Hunter) because you’ve never hear it yourself, take it from us, it happens,” the statement says.
According to the statement, the Red Sox documented seven incidents of fans using racial slurs last year, and acknowledged that more surely occurred without being reported. They also revealed they have received complaints from not only players, but also black employees.
“True change starts from within, and as we identify how we can do better, please know we are listening,” the statement reads. “We hear you and believe you.”