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Orioles Fan Removed From Game For Allegedly Making Racist Comments About Rays' B.J. Upton

Orioles Fan Bj Upton

First Posted: 03/21/11 09:27 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:40 PM ET

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has his player's back. He proved that on Sunday when a fan was allegedly making racist comments about one of his outfielders.

Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reported that during the Rays-Orioles spring training game, Maddon had a fan wearing a Baltimore jersey removed from the stadium for yelling racists remarks at B.J. Upton.

Nobody commented on the incident until late Sunday night when the fan reportedly identified himself and denied the allegations on his twitter account.

"I didn't say one racial comment or anything considered to be racist," Jeremy Zarou wrote. "It was a lie to get me to leave.

Upton, 26, was drafted by the Rays in the 2002 amateur draft.

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