Yankees player charged with racist comment 1:04 (CNN) — During the New York Yankees’ 7-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson, who is white, made a racist comment to Chicago shortstop Tim Anderson, who is black, White Sox manager Tony La Russa told reporters. “He made a racist comment and that’s all I’m going to say,” La Russa told reporters after the match, adding that the accusation is “as strong as it gets.” La Russa did not elaborate on what was said, but Anderson, 28, who has played all seven of his MLB seasons in Chicago, said Donaldson called him “Jackie” (Robinson) in a disrespectful manner. “He was trying to call me Jackie Robinson, like, ‘What’s up, Jackie?'” Anderson said after the game. “I don’t play like that. I wasn’t bothering anyone today, but he made the comment and it was disrespectful. I don’t think it was necessary. It was unnecessary.” Jackie Robinson was the first black player in the Major Leagues. Jose Abreu retains Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox after a dispute on the bench between Chicago’s Yasmani Grandal (not pictured) and Josh Donaldson of the New York Yankees (not pictured) ), during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium on May 21, 2022. In the fifth inning, both teams’ benches rose after a verbal confrontation between Donaldson and White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal at home plate of man. Donaldson seemed to point at Anderson, who was playing on the field, and both benches rose. Anderson had to be held down by his teammates. Both groups were booked, but no one was expelled from the match. Anderson said it wasn’t the first time Donaldson had made the comment to him during the game. “It happened in the first one — the first time he was set — and I forgave him that time. Then it happened again, and it was inappropriate. We don’t have to play like that,” Anderson said. When asked if he agreed with La Russa’s claim that the comment was racist, Anderson agreed, saying, “In that vein, yes.” Donaldson, after the game, admitted to calling Anderson “Jackie” but denied any racist intent with the comment. “We’re not trying to start any fights or anything like that,” Donaldson told reporters after the game. “Obviously he thought it was disrespectful and look, if he was, I apologize because that’s not what he was trying to do for any reason.” Donaldson added that he would address the situation with Anderson, but that he was not sure of the latter’s “willingness” to do so. Donaldson claimed it was a joke between the two, saying they had previously joked about it after Anderson’s 2019 interview with Sports Illustrated, where he called himself “the Jackie Robinson of today.” “I kind of feel like the Jackie Robinson of today,” Anderson said in 2019, as he said he wanted to put the “fun” back in baseball. “That’s huge to say. But it’s great, man, because he changed the game, and I feel like I’m getting to a point where I need to change the game.” MLB is investigating the matter and is speaking with all parties involved, a source with knowledge of the situation told CNN. There is a recent history between Anderson and Donaldson. In a game between the Yankees and White Sox last weekend, the two players collided on a strikeout attempt in the third and Anderson opposed Donaldson’s mark. CNN has contacted the White Sox and Yankees for further comment.
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