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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Orioles OF Adam Jones hesitates to protest anthem because, ‘Baseball is a white man’s sport’

09.13.16 at 8:14 am ET

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Adam Jones

Adam Jones

— No Major League Baseball players have joined in the national anthem protest that is gaining popularity around the NFL, but according to Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, there’s a reason for that.

“Baseball is a white man’s sport,” Jones said in an interview with USA Today, implying a protest could cost a player his job.

The article noted that 68 percent of the NFL is made up of African-Americans, while it’s only 8 percent for baseball.

“We already have two strikes against us,” Jones said. “So you might as well not kick yourself out of the game. In football, you can’t kick them out. You need those players. In baseball, they don’t need us.”

Jones said he is dismayed by the fact that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the protests, is being criticized for “what he believes in.”

“The outside world doesn’t really respect athletes unless they talk about what they want them to talk about,” Jones said. “Society doesn’t think we deserve the right to have an opinion on social issues.

“We make a lot of money, so we just have to talk baseball, talk football. But most athletes, especially if you’re tenured in your sport, you’re educated on life, and on more things than most people on the outside. But because Donald Trump is a billionaire, he can say whatever he wants, because he’s older and has more money?

“And when Kaepernick does something, or says something, he’s ridiculed. Why is that?”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter, whose team opened a three-game series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Monday night, said he had not seen the story but respected Jones’ right to speak his mind.

“That’s why we fought so hard for these rights,” Showalter said, “to be able to do that in our country.”

Meanwhile, before the 49ers’ game Monday night in San Francisco, Kapernick and teammate Eric Reid again took a knee during the national anthem, while a few players on both teams stood but raised their fists.

— Ryan Lochte’s redemption tour got off to a strange start, as the Olympic swimmer was rushed by two men from the audience after his performance Monday night on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

The men, wearing anti-Lochte T-shirts, jumped onto the stage before being tackled by security. They were arrested on trespassing charges. A few women in the audience who appeared to be part of the protest also were removed, according to an ESPN report from Hollywood.

“We thought it was a joke, something part of the show, but when we realized it wasn’t, that hurt, that broke my heart, that people are still on that subject and no one’s moving forward,” Lochte said.

The incident, which occurred while judge Carrie Ann Inaba was critiquing Lochte’s performance, caused the show to go to commercial.

“We want to publicize that this is a bad decision to have a liar be publicized as a star,” one of the men reportedly said as he was led away.

Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist, was suspended after falsely stating that he was robbed at gunpoint at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro during last month’s Olympics. He eventually apologized.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 13, 1982, which pitcher began his memorable stint with the Red Sox when made his major league debut and took the loss in a 3-1 setback vs. the Indians?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We all have that feeling in the clubhouse, out in the dugout. That’s what you want to be a part of. It’s not work; this is all fun.” — Red Sox pitcher David Price, after he won his seventh straight start with Monday’s 12-2 rout of the Orioles

STAT OF THE DAY: 536 — Career home runs for David Ortiz, who hit a solo shot Monday, tying him with Mickey Mantle for 18th on baseball’s all-time list

‘NET RESULTS: The benches clear after the Blue Jays close out a 3-2 victory over the Rays, although it turned out to be a misunderstanding about what was said.

Dodgers fans invade Yankee Stadium for Monday’s matchup and do the roll call in the bottom of the first inning, believed to be a first for a visiting team.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: David Clayton-Thomas, lead singer of Blood, Sweat & Tears, was born on this day in 1941.

Read More: Adam Jones, Colin Kaepernick, Dancing With the Stars, Ryan Lochte