Josh Donaldson accused of racial taunting by Tim Anderson of the White Sox;  Yankee claims it was a joke between them – New York Daily News

Josh Donaldson accused of racial taunting by Tim Anderson of the White Sox; Yankee claims it was a joke between them – New York Daily News

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson says Yankees designated hitter Josh Donaldson made a racist and disrespectful remark to him on the field on Saturday, causing the benches to be cleared in the Yankees’ 7-5 win at the Stadium on Saturday .

MLB was investigating the incident Saturday night, sources said.

“Disrespectful comment. Basically he tried to call me Jackie Robinson, you know ‘What’s up Jackie’. I don’t play like that. I don’t play at all,” Anderson told reporters after the game. “I wasn’t really going to upset anyone today, but he made that comment and it was, you know, disrespectful. And I don’t think it was necessary. It was useless. »

Donaldson said he thought it was a joke, referring to a 2019 Sports Illustrated interview Anderson did in which he was quoted as saying “I kinda feel like the Jackie Robinson of today. today.” Anderson talked about breaking down the “pleasure barrier.”

“I called him Jackie,” Donaldson said. “So let me give you a little background. In 2019, he released the interview saying he was baseball’s new Jackie Robinson. It will bring fun back to the game. Right? And in 2019 when I played for Atlanta, we actually joked about it [in] the game. I don’t know what has changed since [then] …and I told him years ago, not in any way, [other] than just joking that his name is Jackie Robinson.

“So if anything has changed from that, like my meaning, it’s not a term trying to be racist by any fact.”

Donaldson said he apologized if Anderson felt it was racist and would speak to him about it if Anderson was open to it. He said he hoped the post-interview conveyed his explanation to Anderson. Donaldson said he talked about it with some of his teammates. He was seen talking in the dugout with crew chief Aaron Judge after the benches cleared and things calmed down.

“It was right next to an interview that he was called that and we said it before [and] we joked about it. He laughed, whatever. As you may have noticed, in our series that we played, there were several times when I tried to defuse the situation. I took responsibility for the tag, I wasn’t trying to do anything there,” Donaldson said in reference to an incident when the Yankees were in Chicago last week. “Like today and just trying to defuse it like hey, like, light it up like, hey, we’re not trying to start fights or anything like that.

“Obviously he felt that was disrespectful, and look, if he did, I apologize. Like that’s not what I was trying to do at all.

Yet Anderson and White Sox manager Tony La Russa sees it as a racist comment Donaldson made when he was on base in the second inning.

“He made a racist comment, Donaldson. That’s all I’m going to say,” La Russa said.

Anderson agreed with his manager.

“Same, same way,” Anderson said.

When asked how he contained himself at the time, Anderson said he wasn’t sure.

“I don’t know to be honest. It was very disrespectful. I don’t want to play like that,” Anderson said.

At the end of the third inning, when Donaldson was back on base, he and Anderson said words to each other. Yankees third baseman coach Luis Rojas pulled Donaldson away, and umpire team manager Greg Gibson stepped in to make sure it didn’t escalate.

In the fifth, as Donaldson headed for the plate, Yasmani Grandal didn’t let him into the box before he came face to face and started yelling at him. This prompted benchers and relievers to rush to the plate.

“That’s a comment he made. This game went through a period where a lot of those comments were made and I think we’re way past that. It’s just unacceptable,” Grandal said. thought it was a low blow and I’m going to make sure I have my team’s back. There’s no way you’re allowed to say something like that, it’s unacceptable.

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he wasn’t sure what was said.

“I know we talked about it,” Boone said when told that La Russa had accused Donaldson of making a racist comment. “But I have to get out there and get to the bottom of it.”

Boone added that “the back and forth has to stop.”

Anderson and Donaldson had a final encounter on the field in the seventh inning when it looked like something had been said and the Yankee DH was seen laughing to himself as he walked off the field.

“Obviously there were a few situations where he tried to put me in my face and say other words to me and that keeps happening,” Donaldson said. “That’s why after I slipped to second base, I just looked at him after he said something to me. I’m like, okay, I’m just, I just laughed. I had enough.”

Anderson and Donaldson faced off last week when the Yankees were in Chicago after a particularly physical tag at third base in a draft play that ended with the benches cleared but no punches thrown. Last season, when he was with the Twins, Donaldson angered the White Sox with comments about Lucas Giolito and illegal substances pitchers weren’t allowed to use that season.

The teams still have two games to play in the regular season. They will play a back-to-back doubleheader on Sunday.

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