BOSTON (AP) — Fans attending the Boston Red Sox home opener on Monday are being met by a protest designed to call attention to the victims of sexual abuse by a former team employee.
A man handed out one-page leaflets in Kenmore Square alleging abuse by former Red Sox clubhouse manager Donald Fitzpatrick, who died in 2005. Fitzpatrick had pleaded guilty to attempted sexual battery of a child. The team fired him in 1991.
Road to Recovery says the Red Sox and Major League Baseball are refusing to help more than 20 of his victims.
The Red Sox settled a lawsuit in 2003 with seven men who said Fitzpatrick molested them. The team says it always has viewed Fitzpatrick's actions as "abhorrent" but is "unaware of any specifics regarding these particular claims."