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Banana tosser says he was mad at Giants, nothing to do with Adam Jones

Aug 12, 2013, 6:14 PM EST

AT&T Park AP

After hearing the outcry over a thrown banana, Alexander Poulides reached out to the San Jose Mercury News on Monday and said that he was the tosser and that it was a move made strictly in frustration with another poor performance from the Giants in a 10-2 loss to the Orioles.

Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones believed that the banana was meant for him and that it was a racially motivated act.

“I’m embarrassed and shocked by the outcome,” Poulides told the Mercury News. “In hindsight, I wish I didn’t do it and I apologize. I’m very sorry.”

The Giants apologized to Jones on Monday and were investigating the incident. They’ve yet to confirm that Poulides made the throw. Poulides said he grabbed the banana off a catering cart towards the end of the game as he was on his way out of the AT&T Park.

  1. sammykbuck10 - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Another example of the race card being played too soon…

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      Hold it. No one played any cards. Let’s try thinking here for just a moment. You are a black man in a nation with a long history of vile racism, where things have clearly gotten much better over the years, but where many racists still reside, in every part of the land. A banana sails from the crowd toward you. Can we all really fail to understand why this black man might initially interpret this as an unflattering racial statement?

      • schrutebeetfarms - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        At some point, won’t people be able to throw bananas at a black player for something besides being a racist? To assume that cannot happen is the other reason why racism is still around……that and the racists of course.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:59 PM

        I look forward to a better tomorrow where we can pretend history didn’t happen and I can throw bananas at black people with abandon. WTF.

    • eightyraw - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      I find that people who use the term “race card” don’t understand the extent of racism.

      • woodyqq2 - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:49 PM

        Now,. This is Racism.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkZQvHaWtsw “Three Blacks Charged in Pinellas School Bus Beating – of a 13 year old white boy” Most of you never heard of this as it is reversed racism and there is no “Sharpton or Jackson” in white on the hunt for justice.

      • woodyqq2 - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:13 PM

        How can you do a thumbs down to this video?? Guilty, Guilty, Guilty. simple as that. Its right on the film in front of your eyes. Oh I get it. Your the one who thinks throwing a banana on a field of professional baseball players (most are going to be black, brown etc.) is racist.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:01 PM

        Pet peeve here — racism is not directional. We don’t forward racism, and we don’t reverse it either. It’s not a car. There’s no such thing as “reverse racism” — it’s just racism no matter who does it.

      • eightyraw - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:15 PM

        Oh wow! You’ve really opened my eyes with that one instance of racism. It is terribly pertinent to this discussion. Thank you so much for sharing.

        If there is no one on the hunt for justice, then how did they get charged? Also, “Three Blacks” is a great term to use if you want to show how whites are so oppressed

      • Marty - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:21 AM

        @eightyraw- I find that people who use the race card rely on in the suffering of past generations to justify its use. Often they have no idea what real racism looks like, as this episode has revealed.

    • sabatimus - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      You actually believe the banana-tosser is telling the truth?

      • Glenn - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:22 PM

        He had no need to come forward. That would seem to indicate that he is being honest.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:28 PM

        Maybe he was identified by his buddy. Or he was afraid the cameras would find him. It’s pretty ignorant of the guy to throw a banana in the 9th inning at a black outfielder on a team that pummeled his and then claim an ignorance to the meaning of that action.

        The soccer world has been rocked by fans throwing bananas at black athletes. This has been happening for a long time and is one of the primary reasons behind their anti-racism campaign. Hard to believe this guy.

      • sabatimus - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:43 PM

        To me it looked like he was trying to cover his own butt so that he doesn’t get arrested or sued.

      • schrutebeetfarms - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        @koufax. The people who toss stuff onto the field are generally not the brightest bulbs, for you to assume he gave his actions much thought is a bit generous in my mind.

      • jdillydawg - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:11 AM

        I believe him. And I’m surprised more Giants fans aren’t throwing more fruit on the field these days. Tomatoes probably would have been more appropriate, but hey, go with what you got. Bummer it had such unintended consequences.

      • Marty - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:23 AM

        Sabs, so sad to find out your motive is not true. The guy appears latino as well.

    • sabatimus - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      The most hilarious part about this is that Jones himself didn’t play the race card.

      • sabatimus - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        Despite what the article says. Find me one source where Jones said it was racially motivated.

      • jdillydawg - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:14 AM

        You’re right. He played the Class Card.

        For those who study the game, we all know this is a classic move designed to draw the opponent out and make the only play available…the Race Card!

    • dickclydesdale - Aug 13, 2013 at 3:27 AM

      He admits to stealing the banana off the food cart & throwing it so he should be arrested for theft & obstruction & pay a 1,000 fine for loitering. 2 yrs in the county jail!

  2. hojo20 - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    I forwarded this post to Sharpton & Jackson.

    • Old Gator - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      As if those nitwits would appreciate seeing an opportunity for another round of two-bit demagoguery blown like that….

    • miketreedy - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      Forward to CNN, HuffPost and NBC News as well. They use the race or homosexual card as often as Jackson these days.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      I would like to know what you have done to fight against racism better than Sharpton or Jackson.

      • cur68 - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:35 PM

        Amen ^

      • historiophiliac - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        People sure like to hate on them, but they’ve done more than a hell of a lot of other people to make a difference. If you haven’t done better, hush.

        Also, I’m still laughing from Sharpton’s Democratic Convention speech. Gonna ride this donkey as far as it’ll take us. LMAO!

      • cur68 - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:39 PM

        I don’t like this new “Skinny Sharpton”. I liked Fat Sharpton better. Fat Sharpton seemed almost jolly. Skinny Sharpton looks like a crazy man to me. Us black folk don’t care for them crazies.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:50 PM

        I’m afeared he shed the his internal lyricist. Skinny Sharpton gets too much fiber to drop bombs.

      • cur68 - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:03 AM

        Skinny Sharpton be crazy. Sitting on all them expletives make a fella nuts.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:07 AM

        He’s been co-opted. It ain’t pretty. All tie and no flow. :(

      • jdillydawg - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:16 AM

        Dude, you did not just play over the race card with the FAT card, did you?

        Awesomeness.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:38 AM

        I’ll take one, dealer.

        Please be the 1%’er card. Please be the 1%’er card. Please be the 1%’er card.

        Oh, crap. The femme card — again!

      • Marty - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:27 AM

        The position that sharpton fights racism hasn’t been established.

        And Jackson was simply standing next to the right guy. Profited dearly from it.

  3. multiplemiggs - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Amen ^

  4. fish751 - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Banana Tosser!!!

    I don’t care how upset you are with your team. You have to do that in the privacy of your own home.

    • deepstblu - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      Better to be a Banana Tosser than a Dog Fister. I guess.

  5. edelmanfanclub - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Jones completely blew this out of proportion. Just because he’s black apparently means he’s offended by yellow fruit. Unless there was a derogatory term used by whoever threw it to him then I really don’t see why Jones had to pull the “racist fans heckle me.” To someone who doesn’t scrutinize every little thing, this is just a fan throwing something onto the field (which happens every day), but to someone who is using race as an unnecessary factor, this is the equivalent of him being called a monkey without being called a monkey. Give me a break.

    • Reflex - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Throwing bananas has long been a method of insulting black people. And it is extremely common, just recently a government official had bananas tossed at her in Italy by members of a far right party upset that a black person holds a top level post in the Italian government. In soccer its also a very common insult.

      I totally get why Jones would believe that was the point. I do not know if it is true or not, the explanation offered may be correct or the fan, knowing he was likely to be identified, quickly thought up a cover story to try and prevent himself from becoming a public villain. But the fact remains that throwing a banana at a black person is a pretty serious insult.

      • edelmanfanclub - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        Believe me, growing up in a white community and being Indian, I understand it racism fully. All am saying is that there is a good chance that the guy had a banana and threw it at him or on the field, and Adam Jones shouldn’t have gone out of his way to tweet about it. Although I could see it the way in a racist way, I try not to over analyze something little and turn it into a big mess.

      • Reflex - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        I would agree with you if it wasn’t for the fact that recently there has been a rash of these incidents. I don’t know what conclusion he was supposed to draw, but his was not an unreasonable one.

      • eightyraw - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:37 PM

        @Edelmanfanclub

        Is there any reason why Adam Jones shouldn’t be allowed to voice his displeasure at what he (reasonably) interpreted to be a racially-motivated act?

    • beefytrout - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      You’re not taking everything into account.

    • sillec28 - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      I didn’t read that Jones said anything about race, the race accusations came from the people who think everything that involves a black person is about race. And if you disagree with them then you’re a racist.

  6. patfic15 - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Maybe throw some Ritz next time?

  7. Stiller43 - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Granted i havent seen video of the incident, and how close it got to jones,…but thats quite a coincidental mistake to make, considering the fruit of choice, if it was anywhere near jones.

    In fact, if you were planning on throwing something in protest, wouldnt you grab one of the more ball shaped fruits (i.e. apple, orange, etc…) for obvious reasons?

    I hope he’s telling the truth, though. Theres enough idiots out there.

    • sabatimus - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      I think intentionally throwing anything onto a baseball field (unless it’s a rejection of the opposition hitting a home run) pretty much qualifies you as an idiot.

  8. bmoreravens1012013 - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Your mad at your team so you……..throw a banana…????… Wtf

    • thomas844 - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Seems to work in Mario Kart.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      At the other team, no less — but your team got the message, for sure. They understood it was about them. They know they’re the banana.

  9. rockthered1286 - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Come on folks let us not kid ourselves. Do we honestly think this guy would come out and tell the truth if it was racially influenced? No. My theory? He figured they’d eventually figure out that it was him, came clean as an act of “humility” and fesses up to try and kill the issue before it got any bigger. I think He was pissed about the game, thought it be funny to chuck a banana at Jones and in a drunken stupor, acted on it. But again, why would he admit it and label himself a racist?

  10. discountdoublecheck - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Edelmanfanclub-

    Are you shitting me dude?

    Milton Bradley claiming on an almost daily basis that opposing fans yelled racist things at him is blowing something out of proportion.

    This is a guy who does everything right…and he just so happened to have a banana (which isn’t exactly a staple at baseball games/sporting events) hurled in his direction. What the hell is he supposed to think off the bat?

    Believe me, I’m all for the race card not being pulled out at every opportunity, but I don’t believe for a second that that’s what this was.

    • clydeserra - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      to be fair, they are in baskets at food stands at Pac bell. for like $2.50

      • dondada10 - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:34 PM

        2.50 for a fucking banana!

    • eightyraw - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      And are you serious calling out Milton Bradley? I can’t believe he complained about the home (yes, home) fans yelling racist things at him. And I can’t believe he complained about the local media spinning his remarks into a discussion about Milton being crazy.

      • sabatimus - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:06 PM

        Um, I think you’re further supporting discount’s point about Bradley.

  11. rabbdogg - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    *classic*…que the racists screaming race card while they cover for other racists!!

  12. deathmonkey41 - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Eric Holder is looking into whether or not Adam Jones’ civil rights were violated and President Obama held an impromptu press conference to say Jones could be his younger brother.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      I wish I could give you two thumbs up Monkey. Funny…funny stuff.
      It actually made me laugh. To the point of someone in the office asking me what I was laughing about.

  13. onbucky96 - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Evil biggot. Thanks for coming forward so we can ban your redneck ass from every stadium. Though you’d probably fit in w/all the confederate flags at Nascar races.

  14. cocheese000 - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    A brown man did something to a black man. Will the white man be blamed?

    • Marty - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      Almost a trend these days.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        It’s all about the rage Marty. All about the rage.

        Rage!

  15. jonirocit - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Yeah white people are responsible for all the issues of every other race didn’t you get the memo?

    • historiophiliac - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:07 PM

      ^^^ Proof that no one likes to “play the race card” like white people.

      • Marty - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:34 AM

        Why are you so easily offended? Your little mold is shattered and you’re acting like a wounded animal. It appears you have gotten a great deal of self worth from your racial sensitivities. I get it.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        No, you don’t.

  16. banger60 - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Ah, poor pro athlete, I hope he’s not scared for life, go see a shrink, you’ve got the money, i’m tearing up.

    • km9000 - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      A gesture like that kinda goes beyond a single individual being told that he’s incompetent at his chosen profession. And he shouldn’t be expected to shrug it off just because he’s rich and famous.

      And I’d assume that if most of us had been next to this fan during the incident, our initial reaction wouldn’t be “Yeah, the Giants sure are crappy!”

  17. chris1019 - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Couldn’t redneck be considered a racist term?

  18. daveitsgood - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    racist intent or whatever, I’m going to call shenanigans on his story. If he grabbed a banana from a catering cart, it was either in one of the luxury boxes or near the corona club which is nowhere near CF as well. So from either location, there are several other exits from the park, none of which involve him heading towards CF. Then if he was in the vicinity of CF, he would have exited from behind the park. He would have to go around the park, pass several different exits, go down the bleachers, throw it on the field, then either head back up or exit down the lower level exits which tend to be out of the way unless you sit in the bleachers in the lower areas near the field. Ultimately his story sounds like proactive PR to cover up that he’s a dummy for throwing something on the field and that something being an incredibly un-aerodynamic something at that. Next time grab a pineapple or apple or mango or better yet, don’t throw anything on the field.

    • clydeserra - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      They are pretty common at food stands, but yeah, you are right, it was not an idle toss on the way out

      • daveitsgood - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:50 PM

        Not saying they aren’t common at foodstands, but I tend not to see them too much at ballparks just from the standpoint of they are safety risks. People at ballgames tend to toss their trash on the ground at their feet and if parks sold bananas with any regularity, the peels would end up on the ground at people’s feet in the aisle and would result in several falls and/or injuries and ballparks don’t want to take on that type of liability.

      • dondada10 - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:36 PM

        We’ve all played Mario Kart and seen the damage a banana can do.

  19. dlgdc - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Jones never said anything about racism, didn’t play the race card. Read his tweet again.

  20. banger60 - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    if I was called a redneck which I have, I wouldn’t yell RACIST!, I would say thank you! then ask, would you happen to have a banana?

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      Theet!

  21. hookersdontsnuggle - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Black people crying victim. What a surprise.

    • clydeserra - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      Adam Jones, from where he sat, was a victim. He was doing his job and something was thrown at him.

      It was a banana.

      What part of his message was wrong?

    • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      Moron hiding anonymity on the interwebz while complaining about black people.

      That’s some macho you got go to with that 3 inch prick.

      Of course, that’s me being generous.

      • American of African Descent - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:01 PM

        Come on, now, Koufax. You’ve got to feel bad for a guy who can’t afford the girl-friend experience.

    • Marty - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      In all fairness all I saw were white people playing mother to black people, who they perceive as helpless children.

  22. koufaxmitzvah - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Like I totally packed a banana to go to the Giants game, and who could imagine they would suck so much? I mean, they’re like in last place. So, yeah, I packed my banana, because I knew I would be sitting out towards center field. Did you know that black people play the outfield in the American League? Crazy. So I went to the game and I sat in the outfield, and I had my banana, but I didn’t eat my banana and my bro says, “Yo, Bro, our team sucks this year. They suck suck suck suck.” And I said, “I know, Bro, they totally fucking suck this year. Fuckin A, we’re like the worst team in the NL West, Bro!” And he’s like, “I know! Let’s get the fuck out of here!” And I was, like, conflicted, because I hadn’t eaten my banana yet! And my Bro is like, “Dude, this team blows!!! Let’s go!!!” And I’m like, “But I haven’t eaten my banana yet, dude. Chill the fuck out!” And he’s like, “Then eat your stupid banana, then, you freaking monkey.” And I’m like, “I’m no monkey, mutherscratcher!” And he starts mocking me. Making noises like an ape at me. So I just lost it. I threw the banana. The team sucks. It’s their fault. I really love sports. You can tell.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      Love your comment, except that’s not how they talk up north. They only talk like that in SoCal.

  23. senatorsguy - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Banana tosser. Thought that was a porn site.

  24. jcfrey - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Well, here’s how I see it.

    Don’t ever throw anything onto the baseball field. That alone should get you ejected… with prejudice.

    And in this day and age, the post Riley Cooper era, for God’s sake, don’t ever do anything as stupid as this, something which could be taken as a racial incident (which it might be, or which it might not). People like this jackass Giants fan ruin the experience and tarnish what remains good about the game.

  25. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Very interesting.

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