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Orioles CF Adam Jones target of banana-tossing fan, racist taunt

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Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones says he was the target of a racist taunt Sunday in San Francisco when a fan threw a banana at him on the field.

Jones says a fan threw a banana towards him while he played Sunday in San Francisco. Photo: Associated Press

In the aftermath of his team's 10-2 win over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park Sunday, Jones took to Twitter to admonish the fan who threw the banana at him.

"I want to thank whatever (expletive) (that) threw that banana towards my direction in center field in the last inning," Jones tweeted. "Way to show your class."

Jones is not the first professional athlete in recent memory to be the target of this kind of specific taunt. In September of 2011, a hockey fan at an exhibition game in Ontario threw a banana at Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds.

"It was unfortunate that this incident happened but I am above this sort of stuff," he told ESPN.

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