Far-right, conservative pundits like Michelle Malkin, who reacted with unmasked glee upon hearing the George Zimmerman verdict, should be aware of a recent incident involving Baltimore Orioles star outfielder Adam Jones who took to Twitter after Sunday's 10-2 win in San Francisco to complain about a fan tossing a banana onto the field. While at first there was no record of the racist incident, Giants fan, Alexander Poulides, 42, would later admit to throwing the banana near Jones out of disgust over his team's loss.
While the Jones incident is nowhere near as unfortunate and tragic as the Trayvon Martin case was, conservatives like Malkin, who have long given up on the black vote, do the entire movement a disservice by pretending that racism no longer exists:
A day after posting a tweet saying a banana was thrown toward him during Sunday’s in San Francisco, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones tried to move on from the incident.
In the bottom of the ninth inning of the Orioles' 10-2 win over the Giants at AT&T Park, Jones said a banana was on the ground in center field near him. Witnesses said Jones calmly picked up the banana and laid it over the center field fence.
Monday, Jones wouldn’t specifically say he thought the act was racially motivated — there have been incidents at sporting events where bananas were thrown at black athletes on the field, which is considered a racist act, particularly in European — but he said there was no place in the game for it.
“I’m one of the nicest guys out there,” Jones said as the Orioles prepared to play the Arizona Diamondbacks. “I get an attitude here and there, but [throwing items on the field are] just actions that don’t ever need to happen in . It’s unfortunate that things happen like that, but it ain’t gonna stop me, myself and the Orioles. We have games to win. It’s mid-August. I’ve got a bigger concern on my head than someone’s ignorance or act of whatever.”RELATED: Malkin Rips ‘Department Of Social Justice’ Head Holder For ‘Pandering’ To Trayvon Martin Supporters
Jones said he worried about it more as a player safety issue. Earlier this year, a can was thrown toward left fielder Nate McLouth during a game in Toronto.
“I personally don’t have no hard feelings about it. It’s just an unfortunate thing that happened,” Jones said. “You never know what kind of things can be thrown at a player. Our backs are turned. You never know what can be thrown in our direction. I just look at it as a safety issue. When my back is turned, I don’t know what is going on there, so we just look at it as a liability. Whatever certain object it was, I could care less.”
Asked whether Jones had ever been subjected to such an act before, Jones quickly said, “I’m from San Diego, man. You don’t see that kind of stuff.”