Yankees ’third baseman Josh Donaldson is in big trouble. White Sox manager Tony La Russa has accused Donaldson of making racist comments to Tim Anderson "He made a racist comment and that's all I'm going to say," La Russa told reporters, as quoted by CNN.
"Accusation is as strong as it gets." Anderson also spoke up after the match and revealed what Donaldson had told him. "He was trying to call me Jackie Robinson, like 'What's up, Jackie?' " Anderson said right after the game.
"I don't play like that. I wasn't really bothering nobody today, but he made the comment and it was disrespectful. I don't think it was called for. It was unnecessary." Anderson also stressed that this is not the first time Donaldson has made racist comments to him.
This has happened before. "It happened in the first -- the first time he got on -- and I spared him that time. Then it happened again, and it was just uncalled for. We don't need to be playing like that," Anderson said.
Donaldson responded to criticism after the match, saying his intention was not to offend anyone. "We are not trying to start any brawls or anything like that," Donaldson said to reporters after the game.
"Obviously, he deemed it was disrespectful and look, if he did, I apologize because that's not what I was trying to do by any matter." Anderson revealed that it was just a joke, and that he mentioned Robinson in a positive context two years ago.
"I kind of feel like today's Jackie Robinson," Anderson said in 2019. "I want to bring "fun" back to baseball. That's huge to say. But it's cool, man, because he changed the game, and I feel like I'm getting to a point to where I need to change the game."