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Orioles' Adam Jones says fan threw banana at him in San Francisco

Aug. 12, 2013 at 8:03 AM
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones took to Twitter alleging a fan at a game in San Francisco threw a banana at him.

The alleged racist gesture took place Sunday at AT&T Park after Jones hit a three-run home run against the San Francisco Giants, USA Today reported Monday.

"I want to thank whatever [expletive] threw that banana towards my direction in the CF last inning. Way to show ur class u [expletive]," he wrote on Twitter.

There was no video footage of the incident, USA Today said.

Throwing bananas is a racist gesture against black athletes that is especially rampant in European soccer, particularly in Italy, the newspaper said. Since one can't purchase bananas at a ballpark, the fan would have had to come armed with the fruit, presumably with the intention of throwing it at an athlete.

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