Yankees’ Josh Donaldson apologizes to widow of Jackie Robinson for ‘inappropriate’ remark

Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson has officially apologized to the widow of famous baseball player Jackie Robinson for calling Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson “Jackie” during Saturday’s game .

Donaldson maintained he meant no disrespect by using the name and said it shouldn’t be a sign of disrespect because Jackie Robinson is a “true American hero” held in the “highest esteem”. Despite the explanations, he was suspended by the league.

Coach Tony La Russa insisted Donaldson made a “racist comment” during the game. And Anderson bristled at the comment, saying: ‘I wasn’t really bothering anyone today, but he made the comment and it was disrespectful. I don’t think that was necessary. It was useless. »

After the game, Donaldson apologized to Anderson saying, “We’re not trying to start fights or anything like that. Obviously he felt that was disrespectful and look, if he did, I apologize because that’s not what I was trying to do at all.

Now he’s also apologizing to Jackie Robinson’s widow.

“I would also like to apologize to Mrs. Rachel Robinson and the Jackie Robinson family for any distress this incident may have caused,” Donaldson said Thursday. “Jackie was a true American hero and I hold his name in high regard.”

“First and foremost, I have the greatest respect for what Tim Anderson brings to baseball,” Donaldson continued. “I stated over the weekend that I apologized for offending Tim and that it was a misunderstanding based on multiple exchanges between us over the years.”

“My perspective on this exchange hasn’t changed, and I meant absolutely no disrespect. In the past, this has never been an issue and now that it is, we have a mutual understanding. said Donaldson.

But while Donaldson appears to feel there was no “disrespect” towards Anderson and has called the player by that name in the past, Anderson views the incident very differently.

“He said that, and I told him we’d never have to talk again,” Anderson recalled earlier this week. “I’m not talking to you, you’re not talking to me, if that’s what you want to call me. I know, he knew exactly what he was doing because I already told him.

Donaldson was handed a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine. But he has appealed the league sanction and is eligible to play until a decision is made.

On Monday, the Yankees placed Donaldson on the COVID-19 injured list but did not say whether he had tested positive for the virus.

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