Josh Donaldson Suspended For 'Jackie' Comment Toward Tim Anderson
Josh Donaldson was hit with a 1-game ban on Monday … after the Yankees star made a Jackie Robinson reference toward Tim Anderson during a game.
The incident happened during New York’s matchup with the White Sox on Saturday … when JD said, “what’s up, Jackie?” to Anderson, who is Black.
Sox manager Tony La Russa called the jab “racist,” but Donaldson later claimed he was referring to a 2019 Sports Illustrated article, in which Anderson said he felt like “today’s Jackie Robinson” … and claimed he’s joked with Anderson about it in the past.
Anderson was clearly pissed over JD’s comment … saying it was uncalled for and he’d “never sleep this off.”
As a result of Donaldson’s words, he’s now been suspended one game … which he’ll appeal.
MLB’s senior VP for on-field operations Michael Hill released a statement on the decision … saying, “MLB has completed the process of speaking to the individuals involved in this incident. There is no dispute over what was said on the field.”
“Regardless of Mr. Donaldson’s intent, the comment he directed toward Mr. Anderson was disrespectful and in poor judgment, particularly when viewed in the context of their prior interactions.”
“In addition, Mr. Donaldson’s remark was a contributing factor in a bench-clearing incident between the teams, and warrants discipline.”
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