Tim Anderson addresses Josh Donaldson’s previous “Jackie” comments

Tim Anderson admitted on Tuesday that Josh Donaldson previously called Jackie Robinson’s name to him, but the White Sox shortstop insists he has never jokingly mocked the Yankees’ currently suspended third baseman.

Donaldson, who is appealing the one-game ban he received from MLB for his involvement in initiating a bench-cleaning incident on Saturday, said he had jokingly referred to Anderson as “Jackie ‘ captioned after Anderson “dubbed” himself. today’s Jackie Robinson” in a 2019 Sports Illustrated article.

Anderson said Tuesday in Chicago he let Donaldson know in 2019 that he didn’t find the Robinson references funny.

“I told him we never have to talk again. “I’m not going to talk to you, you’re not going to talk to me, if you want to call me that,” Anderson told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Red Sox. “I knew he knew exactly what he was doing.

“I can definitely move on, but I’m not looking for a friendship or relationship in that sense.”

Yankees managers Aaron Boone and Aaron Judge have both publicly stated that Donaldson should never have included Robinson’s name in his back-and-forth with Anderson.

Donaldson addressed his teammates after speaking to some of them and Boone in the manager’s office on Sunday, but Anderson stressed that he has not spoken to Donaldson since the incident. The two players nearly clashed at third base in Chicago last week after a tough day from Donaldson.

“It’s a tough question,” Judge said after Monday’s loss to the Orioles. “Joke or not, I don’t think it’s the right thing to do there.

Josh Donaldson
Josh Donaldson
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Tim Anderson is held back by teammates.
Tim Anderson is held back by teammates.
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“Given the story, especially the Chicago show and the little argument between Anderson and JD. Anderson is one of the best shortstops in the game and a huge part of MLB and how we can grow the game. [Donaldson] got a ban for a game…I don’t know. He made a mistake, admitted it and we have to move on.”

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