Josh Donaldson was banned for one game because of comments he made to Tim Anderson. Donaldson used Jackie Robinson's name to address Anderson, which many apparently understood as a racist message. Donaldson explained that he called him that because Anderson said in an earlier interview that he felt like today's Jackie Robinson
“I think that was tough to hear, for sure, just for the simple fact that I pride myself on being a good teammate, and everywhere I’ve gone, every organization that I’ve been a part of, minus Oakland, has offered me extensions, has wanted me to stay back,” Donaldson said during practise on Wednesday, as quoted by ESPN.com.
Josh Donaldson statement
Some things are not completely clear to Josh Donaldson, and he seems to be angry that his teammates did not support him.
“They’ve shown that they wanted me a part of their team. Obviously, it didn’t work out that way,” he said.
“And that’s just the business end of it. And also everywhere I went, I won. I think part of winning is having good team chemistry, and I’ve taken pride everywhere I’ve gone. I’ve always tried to help people try to get better”.
However, he apologized to the Robinson family and did not expect such outcomes to occur, as he had completely different intentions. “I think everybody wanted to have a say. But they don’t know my heart,” Donaldson had said in a statement.
“I do feel bad that the Robinson family — I never wanted them to feel their name should ever be regarded in a bad light. That was why I issued the apology”. We will see if there will be any new information related to this problem, but it seems that today you have to be careful what you say, because a small thing can ruin your career.