You may have interpreted this weekend’s fighting at Yankee Stadium as a direct result of a racist comment made by Josh Donaldson on Tim Anderson. Or maybe you think Donaldson just poked fun at Anderson by calling the black player “Jackie,” which Donaldson said came from the stellar White Sox when he told Sports Illustrated he felt “like Jackie Robinson today.” ‘ when it comes to breaking the ‘having’. fun barrier.”
The truth — whether it was a long-running joke or a malicious, racist taunt — will hopefully be uncovered by Major League Baseball, which is investigating the circumstances that led to the benches ending Saturday during Yankees-White Sox, Anderson was emptied of being angry, and Chicago manager Tony La Russa said Donaldson used “a racist comment.” More context — including whether Donaldson had actually called Anderson “Jackie” in a lighthearted way in the past that was accepted as teasing — will matter.
But put aside your personal opinions about what you think happened and where you draw the line between ripping and racism. Let’s go through Donaldson’s major league past — he’s new to the Yankees but nowhere near baseball or controversy — to see if he deserves the benefit of the doubt right now.
“They really shouldn’t like it when I’m on the opposing team,” Donaldson told reporters on July 1, 2021, as he first became a hated player on Chicago’s South Side.
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