Tim Anderson calls Josh Donaldson’s ‘Jackie’ comment racist after bench emptied during White Sox-Yankees game

The brawl between Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and New York Yankees designated hitter Josh Donaldson left both benches empty and many pushes and knocks as the two tightened again on Saturday afternoon.

In New York’s 5th inning, 7-5, Anderson tried to run for a hit after seeing Donaldson talking to White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal before batting. Anderson had to be stopped by his teammates.

When the two teams met in Chicago last week, Donaldson applied a tag and pushed Anderson from third base and Anderson had a conversation by pushing Donaldson away.

After Saturday’s game, Anderson said Donaldson referred to Jackie Robinson as “Jackie”.

Anderson Said in an interview with Sports Illustrated in 2019.“I feel like Jackie Robinson today. It’s great. But it’s cool. Because he changed the game. And I think we’ve reached a point where we need to change the game.”

Anderson said on Saturday that Donaldson’s remarks were rude and racist, according to manager Tony La Russa’s assessment, and that he said twice during the game.

“I don’t play like that.” Anderson said. “It doesn’t seem like it’s called. No one has time to play that way.”

Donaldson admitted that he called Anderson “Jackie,” but said he had no racist intent.

“I called him Jackie.” Donaldson said. “He said in an interview that he was the new Jackie Robinson. We actually joked about it. I’ve told him in the past. Not in any way other than just a joke.”

Donaldson apologized and said he was willing to meet Anderson and had spoken to his Yankees teammates about it.

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