On Tuesday, we reported that late in the Orioles 14-5 win over the Yankees, a couple of fans had run onto the field, causing a delay in play. We also reported what Orioles center fielder, Adam Jones had to say about the incident:
“I think it’s idiotic for people to run on the field and I think the punishment needs to be a lot harsher and they should let us have a shot to kick them with our metal spikes on. Cause it’s stupid. I get it, you’re drunk and you want to be on Sportscenter. Your [expletive] is going to jail with a fine, you might not be allowed to come back to the ballpark. That’s heads up. And I remember a couple of years ago, one dude broke his ankle in Baltimore. I was laughing at him. I wish he shattered his femur. Because it’s stupid, it’s just point blank stupid. And anybody who does it, I wish the cops tased the living [expletive] out of them. I wish that” he said.
Well, CBS is reporting that the comments didn’t sit well with the MLB, and Jones may be facing some sort of discipline.
Jones, for the most part, doesn’t seem to care about what the MLB thought of what he said:
Late Wednesday afternoon, Jones told reporters in New York that he’s not concerned with being disciplined for what he said. He stands by his comments and says he will continue to voice his opinion on the subject. Jones did add that he does not want to inflict injury on others. When asked Wednesday what punishment trespassing fans should face, Jones suggested jail time and a $20,000 fine.
Adam Jones obviously feels very strongly on the subject of player safety from reckless fans. I don’t think he should be disciplined for what he said. He’s already added that he doesn’t want to “inflict injury” on anyone, he was speaking in the moment.
What does need to happen however, is fans need to stay off the field. In this day and age, with everything going on in the world, it is getting increasingly more dangerous for fans and security alike. They may not know that this is your idea of a drunken good time and react accordingly, as if you were threatening safety. Think about it.
Just sit back and enjoy sporting events like civilized human beings and we won’t need to worry about what players wish to do to offenders.