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Rays' Rickie Weeks says racial slurs occur 'more than people think'

The Rays’ Rickie Weeks says racial slurs at major-league stadiums “happens to you a lot more than people think.”
The Rays’ Rickie Weeks says racial slurs at major-league stadiums “happens to you a lot more than people think.”
Published May 3, 2017

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Rays 1B Rickie Weeks didn't want to get into the wheres and whens but said Baltimore's Adam Jones hearing racial slurs from Boston fans brought back painful memories of similar indignations he has endured at stadiums during his 14-year major-league career.

"It happens to you a lot more than people think," Weeks said. "It happens. I'm not going to say it happened one, two, three, four, five times. It happens. …

"It's tough. It's tough. It's a touchy subject, as you can tell as I'm talking to you about it. It's one of those things where you just don't want to see it in baseball. You don't want to see it anywhere."

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Weeks admitted he fights the urge to respond and commended Jones for how calmly he handled the situation. "It gets to the point where somebody says something like that gets personal, and you'd like to say something back to them or do something about it," Weeks said. "It takes a lot of restraint from guys like us being in that situation."

RHP Chris Archer, another of three black players on the Rays roster, said he has not heard slurs at stadiums (though elsewhere) but knows others have. "It's one of those things that exists," he said. "It's sad, but it's not surprising. It should not happen, and it happens."