San Francisco Giants first base coach Antoan Richardson claimed he was the subject of a "reeked undertones of racism" during the Giants and San Diego Padres meeting. Richardson, who is Black, was ejected during the third inning and after the game provided a lengthy explanation to what led him being tossed out.
After the Giants' 13-2 win, Richardson said it all started after Padres third base coach Mike Shildt approached the Giants' dugout and yelled "You need to control that m-----f-----."
Richardson: Shildt's comments reeked undertones of racism
"[Shildt] yelled, 'You need to control that motherf---er,'" Richardson told reporters, per ESPN.
"At that point in time, I went to the top step and said, 'Excuse me?' because I couldn't believe what I heard. At that point in time, Gibson, the crew chief, decided to toss me from the game. "I say this because his words were disproportionately unwarranted and reeked undertones of racism when he referred to me as 'that motherf---er,' as if I was to be controlled or a piece of property or enslaved.
I think it's just really important we understand what happened tonight. "And the second part that's equally disappointing is that me being tossed by that umpire empowers this coach to continue to have conversations like that with people like me, and that's really unfortunate that's what happened tonight." "The umpire said to me that I was instigating," Richardson said.
"At that point in time, I asked: 'This person called me a motherf---er, and I'm being an instigator?'" Giants manager Gabe Kaplar agreed Richardson didn't deserve to be thrown out of the game but also added he didn't hear the comments Richardson claimed Shildt had apparantly made.
"I trust Antoan's judgment 100 percent," Kapler said. "I trust Antoan's judgment on the matter, and I know that Antoan was not out of control at all and that anything that was said to insinuate that he was is totally inappropriate. He didn't instigate any part of this."