Albert Breer is a senior reporter for MMQB, an analyst for CSN New England, and has long been part of the Boston sports media scene. He’s in the news today for the same reasons Boston is in the news today: an ongoing debate about the level of racism found in Boston fans.

That debate is making the rounds today in the wake of the racial abuse Adam Jones endured last night at Fenway. A recap:

Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones was berated by racist taunts at Fenway Park while a bag of peanuts was thrown at him Monday night, calling it one of the worst cases of fan abuse he has heard in his career.

“A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me,’’ Jones said, “I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.’’

Deadspin unearthed video of the fan purportedly being escorted out:

The fan who took that video told Deadspin the guy hit Jones in the shoulder or face with a bag of peanuts. This is in addition to the various slurs thrown Jones’s way. In the wake of those incidents, the Red Sox acknowledged and apologized for the behavior. Even Boston’s mayor weighed in with an apology.

And yet, despite all of that, Albert Breer suspected that Adam Jones was apparently making this up. Because in his beloved Boston, no one would dare act like this. Breer’s Twitter was a timeline of condescension and what seemed to be delusion. A few choice moments:

Yes, where’s the proof? Sure, the team said it happened, other players chimed in to note that this kind of thing happens in Fenway:

Even current Red Sox players said they heard what was happening, according to team president Sam Kennedy:

And yet, still, Albert Breer refused it happened. Could anything change his mind? Well, yes, as it turned out:

It shouldn’t be all that surprising based on today that Albert Breer would prefer to wait for an old-school white reporter to chime in rather than believing Adam Jones, a black baseball player who was literally hit with a bag of peanuts. Some people might view that as a sign that, hey, it might be time to reevaluate your own principles.

Albert Breer views it as totally normal, and anyone who dares point out the inherent ridiculousness should have been spending their time finding evidence to convince him earlier in the process:

The great irony, of course, is that Breer could not be doing any more to reinforce the stereotype he’s so desperately trying to refute.

Of course not everyone in Boston is a racist. That should go without saying; the only people who feel the need to point that out are people like Breer, whenever someone from Boston does something indisputably racist. Which is why it comes up in the first place. He’s so far lost that he doesn’t see the inherent problem with not believing a black athlete’s report on its own merits, just because he doesn’t think he’s seen anything racist at Fenway in over 200 games.

Perhaps, and this is just a guess, Albert Breer might not be fully aware of racism going on around him at any given point?

Kudos to the Red Sox for their strong condemnation, at least. Hopefully things start trending in the right direction, so that the Fenway Park experience can more properly line up with Albert Breer’s version.

About Jay Rigdon

Jay is a columnist at Awful Announcing. He is not a strong swimmer. He is probably talking to a dog in a silly voice at this very moment.

8 thoughts on “Albert Breer apparently determined to die on ‘Boston Isn’t Racist!’ hill

  1. Adam Jones and the rest of these whiners need to STFD. Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Ernie Banks, et al had their freaking lives threatened for stepping onto a baseball field. Recognize people like these Boston people, and everyone else like them around the world, for the uneducated inbreds they are and move on from it.

    1. I think it is you who should STFD and shut the hell up. Victim blaming. It’s wrong. Period. Wrong back in 1947, wrong in 2017. You want to boo a player, go at it. Family, race and religion are off limits. I can clearly tell you are not a minority. You don’t just move on. You won’t tell a rape victim to just move on. How about you don’t tell people how to react. Funny you calling someone uneducated. Pot meet kettle.

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