RISE CEO available to discuss Fenway Park incident, releases statement

May 2, 2017

Jocelyn Benson, CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), released the following statement about the taunts that Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones endured at Monday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park:

“This is a moment when the game of Jackie Robinson can once again lead in bringing people together to promote unity and stand against racism and intolerance. The Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) is working with leagues, athletes and teams across the country to demonstrate how the unifying power of sports can bridge gaps of intolerance that can at times seem rampant throughout our society. We join the Red Sox and Commissioner Manfred in condemning the harassment that Adam Jones was subjected to during Monday night’s game, and call on other teams and leagues to do the same. And we plan to double down on our efforts to work with athletes, coaches, commissioners and fans of all backgrounds to show the power of sports to create a more just and equal society.”

Founded in 2015 by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross, the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to harnessing the unifying power of sports to improve race relations and drive social progress. Led by an unprecedented alliance of professional sports leagues, organizations, athletes, educators, media networks and sports professionals, RISE uses sports to promote understanding, respect and equality.

Jocelyn Benson is available to speak with the media regarding Monday night’s incident at Fenway Park and how community conversations led by RISE in partnership with athletes and teams have brought people of diverse perspectives together to promote a constructive dialogue on equality. To arrange for an interview with Benson, contact Shawn Starkey at (810) 434-1301.