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Red Sox dogged by claims of racism, sexual abuse

 

Last updated 7/9/2020 at 12:34pm

Gerald Armstrong recalls his time working for the old Kansas City Athletics as an attendant and ball boy in the visitor's clubhouse as he speaks from the front porch of the home where he grew up and now lives in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday, June 26, 2020. Armstrong is one of more than a dozen Black men who said they were sexually molested by former Red Sox clubhouse manager Donald "Fitzy" Fitzpatrick when they were youths. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

MICHAEL REZENDES

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - Last month, when former Major League All-star Torii Hunter said he'd been called the N-word "a hundred times" at Boston's storied Fenway Park, the Red Sox were quick to back him up with a promise to fight racism.

"Torii Hunter's experience is real," the team said in a June 10 Twitter post, adding that there were at least seven incidents as recently as last year where fans used racial slurs. The team promised to do a better job dealing with racism: "As we identify how we can do better, please know we are listening."

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