MLB investigates after Donaldson accuses Yankees of making racist statement toward White Sox and Anderson |  CBC Sports

MLB investigates after Donaldson accuses Yankees of making racist statement toward White Sox and Anderson | CBC Sports

Chicago White Sox star Tim Anderson accused Yankees player Josh Donaldson of making a racist statement by calling Jackie Robinson during Saturday’s game against New York.

Anderson, who is black, said, “He just made, you know, a disrespectful comment. Basically, he was trying to call me Jackie Robinson. Like, ‘What’s the matter, Jackie?'” “

“I don’t think he was called,” Anderson added after New York’s 7-5 win at Yankee Stadium.

Major League Baseball investigates the incident and talks to those involved.

Anderson, an All-Star and among the leading black voices in baseball, told Sports Illustrated in 2019: “I kind of feel like Jackie Robinson today…because he changed the game, and I feel like I’m going to get to point where I need to change the game.”

Donaldson said it in the first half, “I called him Jackie.” The whiteball player has also said he has “joked” with Anderson in the past using the same reference and mentioned a 2019 Sports Illustrated interview.

Robinson broke the MLB color barrier in 1947. Every team in the major leagues retired with a number 42 to honor the struggle, sacrifice, and social impact he had on the game and beyond.

“What I mean by this is any term that attempts to be racist with any of the facts,” Donaldson said. “Obviously he considered it disrespectful,” he said. “And look, if he did, I apologise. It wasn’t what I was trying to do in any way and that’s what happened.”

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Donaldson canceled with Anderson on May 13 in Chicago after he made a hard tag, and Anderson responded with a push, removing benches and bull stalls. Donaldson said Saturday that he was “trying to defuse” any lingering tension when the players crossed the lanes early in the game.

Anderson said Donaldson made “Jackie” in the first two runs: “I saved him then, and then it happened again.”

Third base referee Chris Jocheon, left, separates Yankees III captain Josh Donaldson, center, and White Sox’s Tim Anderson during the first half of a game in Chicago on May 13. (Nam Wai Hoh/The Associated Press)

White Sox manager Tony La Russa also called Donaldson’s comment “racist,” adding: “It’s about as strong as it gets.”

In the third inning, Donaldson rolled second base after the final and started to jaw with Anderson as the teams walked off the field. Donaldson was escorted off the field by Yankees coach Aaron Boone and Anderson was led off by third base coach Joe McEwenge.

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In Episode Five, White Sox catcher Yasmane Grandal gets up from a bend and confronts Donaldson as he approaches the board.

“Believe me, you don’t want me to tell you what I told him guys,” Grandall told reporters.

The barking continued as painkillers from the bullpen barns emptied and the seats emptied, with La Rosa—a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame—also yelling at Donaldson.

Anderson also continued to yell at Donaldson while being restrained by White Sox player Jose Abreu and Gavin Sheets. After a few minutes, the referees issued warnings to both sides, and Donaldson crossed out.

“This match went through a period of time that meant a lot of those comments, and I think we’ve gone far beyond that,” Grandal said after the match. “This is unacceptable. I thought it was a low kick and I want to make sure I get my team back. There’s no way you’d say something like that.”

“I know… some people are talking about it,” Boone said of the incident. “I have to get down to it.”

Last season with Minnesota, Donaldson got into a feud with the White Sox when he appeared to yell “It’s not sticky anymore” — a reference to materials bowlers use to control the ball — after hitting Homer against Chicago’s Lucas Giolito.

2022-05-21 23:54:22

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