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Giants apologize to Orioles Jones for banana incident

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The San Francisco Giants apologized Monday afternoon to Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones for the behavior of one of their fans.

The defending World Series champions issued a statement saying they "would like to extend our sincerest apologies to Adam and the entire Orioles organization" after the Baltimore outfielder tweeted that a fan had thrown a banana at him from behind the center-field bleachers Sunday at AT&T Park

The Giants, according to USA Today, reviewed the security video but have not been able to identify the person responsible for the act.

Jones tweeted that a fan threw a banana at him during Sunday's game.

The possibly racially-motivated incident occurred during the Orioles' 10-2 victory over the Giants.

"I want to thank whatever slapd--- threw that banana towards my direction in CF in the last inning. Way to show ur class u jacka--," Jones wrote to his more than 129,000 followers.

Jones, who is African American, homered and drove in four runs on Sunday.

Staci Slaughter, the Giants' senior vice president of communications, said the club only found out about the incident after Jones tweeted what had happened.

"I wish the incident could've been reported to us sooner just so we could have tried to address it right away," Slaughter said. "Our fans are generally very well behaved, but when we catch somebody doing something like that, we have zero tolerance and we immediately eject them."

Jones later tweeted in response to those who defended Sunday's alleged incident.

"I love how some ppl are defending the actions by someone today. Shows how u really are also. All good wit me. I just #StayHungry," he wrote.

He then wrote that he may give up on social media.

This incident occurred less than a week after a statue of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese in Brooklyn was vandalized with racist slurs.

Similar incidents have occurred in recent years at NHL games and European soccer matches.

In 2011, Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds had a banana thrown in his direction while on the ice during an exhibition game in his native Ontario.

Black soccer players in Europe have also had bananas thrown at them during games. One high-profile incident involved Brazilian star Roberto Carlos while playing a game in Russia.
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