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Banana-tossing Giants fan arrested

Sep 11, 2013, 12:27 PM PDT


Throwing a banana onto the field at AT&T Park may have been one of the least dastardly things that Alexander Poulides has done recently. According to a report from, the Willits native was arrested on the Jersey Shore last Saturday and thrown in the Cape May County (N.J.) Correctional Center.

Poulides, 37, claimed he had innocent intentions after tossing a banana in the direction of Orioles outfielder Adam Jones at AT&T Park in what appeared to be a racist act.  Now, he has more than public opinion to worry about. Poulides apparently was a fugitive in the state of New Jersey on retail theft and drug charges. He grew up in the area and was apprehended there by police after a disorderly disturbance call.

The same report notes that he has also been arrested on two occasions in the past for drunk driving and suspicion of drunk driving.

It’s hard to believe Poulides’ explaination of the banana-tossing incident based on his track record.  As you may remember, he claimed he was simply throwing a banana in frustration of the Giants’ poor performance and that the fruit wasn’t aimed at Jones.

“I’m embarrassed and shocked by the outcome,” Poulides told the Bay Area News Group after the incident. “In hindsight, I wish I didn’t do it and I apologize. I’m very sorry.”

Jones took to Twitter to voice his frustration after the incident.

The Giants issued an apology on behalf of the franchise to Jones after investigating the matter.

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