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.
"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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