He didn’t mention it in the post-game interview on Sunday, but later that evening Orioles center fielder Adam Jones took to Twitter to vent about a San Francisco Giants fan who threw a banana in his direction in the ninth inning:

I want to thank whatever slapd— threw that banana towards my direction in CF in the last inning. Way to show ur class u jackass.

— Adam Jones (@SimplyAJ10) August 11, 2013

The gesture is no more original than it is sensitive. Black athletes across the world have regularly been targeted by banana-wielding bigots.’s Travis Waldron says the practice is “still maddeningly common in sports like European soccer.”

Nevertheless, a 42-year-old man claiming responsibility for the incident says his choice of missile wasn’t intended as a bigoted statement, just an unfortunate coincidence. Alexander Poulides says he was so angry at the Giants’ poor performance he grabbed a banana randomly from a catering cart and tossed it onto the field on his way out.

Some have doubted the plausibility of that story. Radio host Glenn Younes speculates that sending a banana close to an outfielder would take something more than an offhand toss. Younes also finds the presence of a banana cart “three rows from the outfield” dubious.

The Giants have not been able to confirm that Poulides is really the guy. They are investigating the incident and have issued a formal apology.

Whatever the real story, Jones says he’s moving on: “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.”

One reply on “Giants Fan Throws Banana at Adam Jones, Says It Wasn’t Racially Motivated”

  1. I believe the guy. I don’t think (or don’t want to think) that this was an intentional racial slur. I can totally imagine being so frustrated if my World Series champion team was up 3-2 in the 8th and went on to lose 10-3. I would be disgusted too. OK, so I can’t really remember being disgusted with my World Series champion team because it’s been so long but hey. There’s passion in baseball and that’s a good thing.
    I can also imagine doing that and thinking nothing of it but to read about my actions later and what they resulted in. I would be mortified and rush to apology. As a passionate fan of baseball I’d like to apologize for stupid stuff I’ve done in the past as well. Yes, I would even apologize to Yankee fans.

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