‘Silence is just as bad’: Adam Jones on racism and why athletes must speak out

Orioles center fielder examines race issues in baseball and America at large in wide-ranging interview

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has called on athletes to speak out for what they stand for amid a tumultuous month that discovered the five-times All-Star targeted by racist slurs during a game at Fenway Park.

Jones, 31, induced the statements in a wide-ranging interview with Yahoo Sports published under Tuesday.

As athletes, we do have to be censored in a certain path, but at the same duration, if theres a big problem, and its something you stand for, youve got to speak out, Jones said. Because if youre to be concerned about the backlash, I reckon silence is just as bad.

Jones said he wants to use the Fenway Park incident as a pulpit to discuss ethnic differences in baseball and communities at large.

Im not afraid of the backlash, because its the truth, Jones said. Its my actuality through my eyes. We all have our own trues. How we were raised thats our actuality. Developing up in San Diego, or California in general, its a very liberal district. I grew up with blackness, greys, Mexicans, Filipinos. Everything was diverse. My class wasnt predominately anything. Playing sports, “its been” diverse. My neighborhood was diverse.

The worst happening is when people say, I dont discover shade. I think thats the dumbest happening. Unless youre colorblind, you discover color. You may choose not to think of the second thing that “re coming with” shade, but you discover color. At the ballpark in San Diego, you discover the diversity. LA, Arizona, San Francisco, both Texas units. You just see so much diversity. Developing up like that, I ever usurped the rest of the United States, the rest of “the worlds”, was like that.

Jones held the interview while in Kansas City to announce his $20,000 donation to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, only two weeks after he said he was “ve called the” N-word and had a bag of peanuts hurled in his direction in Boston.

When requested information about naysayers like former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, who said that Jones was lying about the racist pestering he abode during the course of its 1 May game( which prompted an apology from the team and a lifetime ban for a love implied ), Jones doubted the outspoken reactionaries ability to sympathize with his experience.

Schilling is still here with his tirades, Jones said. He merely wants an outlet. Someone will take his call, take his tirades. He can keep them for himself. Because hes never experienced anything like I have. Ill stick with what[ Mark] McLemore said about it: Schilling, hell of a job. But hes never been pitch-black, and hes never played the outfield in Boston.

Last year, Jones claimed major league baseball player were loath to connect in on Colin Kaepernicks national hymn objection because baseball is a white mans sport, with African American players comprising merely 8% of last years rosters league-wide compared to 68% in the NFL.

Jones expounded on those statements in Tuesdays interview, drawn attention to a lack of diversity in the games management and executive positions. Yet his response took a firmly political tack when it came to baseballs languishing participate numerals among African American youth.

Its big than merely baseball, Jones said. And this is what I feel: Baseball ever has been a father-son competition. You play catch with your dad-type competition. The last-place 30 times, especially in California with the three-strike program that( Ronald) Reagan and( George HW) Bush the three-strike program in general there arent as numerous pitch-black papas out there to play catch. The mother is turned into a single mother. She doesnt have the time, the force, because she merely ran a double.

The availability of the parent is not there to play with the minor. The neighborhood is fine, but baseball is generally taught from parent to son, even if the dad didnt play. I just think that with the African-American father not as involved with the life of the minor thats path big than baseball.

Its real life tying into sports.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ sport/ 2017/ may/ 16/ adam-jones-baltimore-orioles-race-issues