Boston sports teams unite to fight racism

Shown is the logo for the Boston Red Sox. (AP Photo)

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston area’s five major professional sports franchises are teaming up to fight racism.

The Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, and Revolution later this month will unveil a public service project called “Take the Lead” featuring videos of athletes calling on fans to take a stand against racism and hate speech at sports venues. Each team has agreed to prominently play the video in their venues.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy tells The Boston Globe ( ) the effort was sparked by two racist incidents at Fenway Park in May, including one in which Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was the target of a racial slur from someone in the stands. Jones is black.

Kennedy says the pro teams “have the opportunity to help lead a high-level discussion” about racism.


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