Skip to main content

Giants fan apologizes for throwing banana at Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones

By Ed Payne, CNN
updated 7:56 AM EDT, Tue August 13, 2013
Baltimore's Adam Jones reacted angrily on Twitter after a banana landed near him during Sunday's game against San Francisco.
Baltimore's Adam Jones reacted angrily on Twitter after a banana landed near him during Sunday's game against San Francisco.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • MLB to investigate incident at Orioles-Giants game Sunday
  • Orioles centerfield Adam Jones angry after claiming a fan threw a banana at him
  • Jones took to Twitter to voice his displeasure
  • The Giants apologize for the incident

(CNN) -- A San Francisco Giants fan who threw a banana that landed near Baltimore Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones during a weekend game said the incident was not racially motivated, but an act of frustration at his team's poor performance.

Alexander Poulides told the San Jose Mercury News that he's embarrassed and shocked, but most of all apologetic for his "indiscretion."

Poulides said he was unaware of the uproar until Monday morning when he turned on the news. His heart sank when heard the outcry over an unidentified Giants fan who threw a banana at Jones, who is African-American.

"Oh, my God,'' Poulides said. "I threw a banana on my way out."

That's when he contacted the newspaper to claim responsibility.

"I'm embarrassed and shocked by the outcome,'' he said. "In hindsight, I wish I didn't do it and I apologize. I'm very sorry."

Poulides grabbed the banana from a catering cart, tossing it on the field, he said. The fruit became a projectile of disgust during the ninth inning of a blowout loss on Sunday to the Orioles at AT&T Park.

The team's front office said it's continuing to investigate.

"The Giants have a zero tolerance policy against this type of behavior, which results in immediate ejection from the ballpark," a statement from the team said. "While we have been investigating the matter since we learned of the situation, unfortunately we have been unable to identify the person responsible.

"We would like to extend our sincerest apologies to Adam and the entire Orioles organization for this unfortunate incident.

"The inappropriate actions of this individual in no way reflect the values of our organization and our fans."

Jones took to his official Twitter account to express his displeasure.

"I want to thank whatever (expletive) threw that banana towards my direction in CF in the last inning," he posted. "Way to show ur class u jackass."

MLB senior vice president of public relations Patrick Courtney told CNN Sports on Monday: "We are looking into this situation."

The Orioles overcame a two-run deficit to score 10 unanswered runs in the 10-2 victory over last season's World Series champs.

Jones hit a three-run homer at the top of the ninth inning to help clinch the victory.

Man charged in banana throwing incident at NHL game

CNN Sports contributed to this report

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 6:38 AM EST, Tue November 18, 2014
Click through our gallery of the most dramatic moments from the world of sport.
updated 12:06 PM EDT, Mon July 28, 2014
Whisper it quietly, but after years of foreign domination the prospect of a French winner of the Tour de France is more than just a mere pipe dream.
updated 9:21 AM EDT, Mon July 28, 2014
Seven years ago Steve Way was a 20 per day smoker and weighed a hefty 104 kg, but he led the marathon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
updated 9:17 AM EDT, Fri July 25, 2014
After just one day of competition, a new sport has emerged at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow: snapping selfies with the Queen.
updated 4:48 PM EDT, Fri July 25, 2014
Inspirational cyclist Joanna Rowsell added another gold to her growing collection in the individual pursuit at the Commonwealth Games.
updated 12:04 AM EDT, Thu July 24, 2014
At the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, an actor upstaged the Queen by kissing a male dancer.
updated 8:00 AM EDT, Wed May 7, 2014
Of course not. But former Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed seems to think the removal of Michael Jackson's statue was a very "bad" idea.
updated 12:36 PM EDT, Wed May 7, 2014
Second-tier French side Clermont Foot appoint Helena Costa -- the country's first ever professional female coach of a male team.
updated 1:33 PM EDT, Fri April 25, 2014
The All Blacks and their fans are focused on one thing, says Dan Carter: becoming the first rugby nation to win back-to-back World Cups.
updated 9:08 AM EDT, Fri April 4, 2014
The 2002 bomb attacks in Bali had many victims -- including a touring rugby team from Hong Kong.
Photographer Danny Lyon spent three days with Muhammad Ali in 1972 and shares his best photos and memories of the champ.
updated 7:54 AM EST, Tue February 25, 2014
With a growing audience boosted by the drama of ice hockey on show in Sochi at the Winter Olympics, can the sport capitalize on its popularity?
updated 6:25 AM EST, Mon January 20, 2014
Her paintings may sell for thousands of dollars, but she is best known for a modeling shot 50 years ago that helped launch a business empire.
ADVERTISEMENT