Baltimore Orioles centrefielder Adam Jones says a fan at San Francisco’s AT&T Park hurled a banana in his direction during the ninth inning of Sunday night’s game.
Jones, an African American and California native, took to Twitter following Baltimore’s 10-2 win over the Giants to address the race-fuelled incident.
“I want to thank whatever slap---- threw that banana towards my direction in (centre field) in the last inning,” Jones posted to his official Twitter account. “Way to show (your) class (you) jack---"
Jones continued: “Good chance this means I get off social media soon.”
The incident occurred after the 28-year-old Jones drove in a run in the top of the eighth before belting a three-run homer to seal the deal during the last inning.
The accusations come a little over two months after U.S. women’s soccer star Sydney Leroux accused fans in Vancouver of hurling racist slurs her way during an Olympic qualifying match.
In a near identical situation, a hockey fan in London, Ont., was involved in similar incident in 2011 after a banana was hurled at Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds during a pre-season game against the Detroit Red Wings.
Both the Giants and Major League Baseball are likely to address the incident on Monday and could review game tape in an effort to identify the persons involved.