Fan: Banana toss not about race

TUESDAY, AUG. 13, 2013

Baseball: Alexander Poulides flipped on the news Monday and saw a story about the outcry surrounding the Giants fan who threw an object at Orioles outfielder Adam Jones. His heart sank.

“Oh, my god,” Poulides said. “I threw a banana on my way out.”

Poulides, 42, said he grabbed a banana off a catering cart and hurled it toward the field in disgust at the Giants near the end of a 10-2 loss at AT&T Park on Sunday. The banana apparently sailed toward Jones (pictured), who tweeted about the incident after the game.

As the Giants launched an investigation, Poulides reached the San Jose Mercury News to claim credit for what he called “an indiscretion.”

Above all, Poulides stressed repeatedly that the incident was not a racially motivated, as some had speculated. He was upset at the Giants, not Jones.

“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.”

The Giants said they were unable to immediately confirm that Poulides was the culprit.

San Jose

Mercury News

Fisher, Clemens shrug off Kosar

NFL: St. Louis Rams backup quarterback Kellen Clemens says critical comments from Bernie Kosar are no big deal.

Coach Jeff Fisher confirmed after practice Monday night that the Browns analyst had telephoned to apologize but declined to say more.

The Browns condemned the comments from Kosar, but said Kosar would stay on the job.

Associated Press

Rosales back with Rangers

Baseball: The wayward saga of infielder Adam Rosales has resumed, with the Texas Rangers once again claiming him off waivers from Oakland.

In the last two weeks, Rosales has twice been with the Athletics and twice been with the Rangers. Each time he’s been cut, the other team has acquired him.

Texas claimed Rosales from Oakland on Aug. 2, but he didn’t play in three games with the Rangers. He was reclaimed by the A’s on Thursday and got into one game.

Associated Press

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