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Cris De Lacerda | 06 May, 2017, 16:40

"It was reported to Red Sox security that a racial slur was used in a comment from one fan to another fan". The pitch, recorded by radar guns at 76.6 miles per hour, hit Bogaerts on the hip.

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, right, rushes to home plate as starting pitcher Kevin Gausman argues with home plate umpire Sam Holbrook, after hitting Boston Red Sox Xander Bogaerts with a pitch, during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

Boston police said the peanuts hit a nearby police officer, and Fenway security kicked out the man who threw them before he could be identified by authorities.

"I thought that surely I'd misheard him", Hennick wrote. "It was bad, and as I understand it, [he] actually asked the other person to repeat what they just said, confirm that they just said it". But as one sports writer pointed out on Twitter, he was also had another fan flipping him off at Fenway Park.

"Racism, we know, exists", he says at a postgame news conference following the Cavs' 125-103 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday, May 3. "That's what happened. Immediately, the fan made us aware of it, thankfully, so we were able to address it right away".

Kennedy said 34 people were ejected for various reasons Monday night and reiterated the team's "zero tolerance" policy for such incidents. "I've lost mad respect for that organization, for that coaching staff, for everyone over there".

The Red Sox did not divulge the identity of the initial fan.

According to WEEI, Kennedy believes this is the first time a lifetime ban has been imposed for a fan at Fenway Park.

Describing the encounter with a man he described as a "middle-aged white fan", Hennick said the fan had criticized the woman who sang the anthem by saying, "It was too long, and she n*******it up". Basically, in trying to keep score on who owes who what, we figured there was enough going on with both sides that we basically just had a phone call today to let them know we want to play baseball. Like Caleb Joseph, I can't wait to get the hell out of Boston.

The Red Sox apologized to Jones, as did the mayor of Boston and the governor of MA. "I was totally happy to do that, because if he was going to deny it, I wanted him to deny it to my face like the coward he was", Hennick said.

Among those prominent figures to weigh in on the conversation were Cavaliers' LeBron James and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, two people whose takes couldn't be more different.