White Sox accuse Yankees’ Josh Donaldson of making racist comments

Tim Anderson accused Josh Donaldson of making a racist comment Saturday that nearly sparked a brawl to clean up the benches, but the Yankees third baseman said he believes the White Sox shortstop misread his words.

After the Yankees’ 7-5 win at the stadium, Anderson said Donaldson used the phrase, “What’s up, Jackie?” to him several times during the game. Donaldson’s response was that he has jokingly called Anderson “Jackie” (as in Jackie Robinson) in the past because the infielder referred to himself as “now Jackie Robinson” in 2019.

“He just made a disrespectful comment. He tried to call me Jackie Robinson, ‘What’s up Jackie?’ ‘ said Anderson, who is black. “I don’t play like that. … That happened the first time he got in, and I let it go this time, and it happened again. It’s just inappropriate.”

Anderson later said, “I’ll never sleep this off.”

Tim Anderson is stopped from chasing Josh Donaldson during Yankees win over White Sox
Tim Anderson is stopped from chasing Josh Donaldson during Yankees win over White Sox
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Josh Donaldson
Josh Donaldson
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Donaldson didn’t dispute the remark, referring to a 2019 Sports Illustrated story in which Anderson compared himself to the legendary Jackie Robinson.

“I called him Jackie. He came out with an interview saying he’s the new Jackie Robinson… We actually joked about it,” Donaldson said. “I’ve told him in years past, not in any way [other] than just fooling around.”

On Saturday, the two players exchanged words in the third inning and again in the fifth inning, with Anderson running to home plate after spotting Donaldson talking to White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal for an extended period of time before his at-bat. Several teammates had to hold Anderson back.

“What triggered it is the comment he made,” Grandal said. “This game went through a period where a lot of those comments were made and I think we’re way past that. It’s just not acceptable. I just thought it would be a low blow and I want to make sure I stand behind my team. Under no circumstances should you say something like that.”

Both benches were cautioned, but other than that it was just back and forth chatter. A week ago, the two came into play on third base when Donaldson appeared to shove Anderson off the pocket, resulting in Anderson shoving Donaldson off him and the two exchanged words. The coaches got between the two before anything further happened.

“Same smoke,” is how Anderson described it.

Josh Donaldson (left) and Tim Anderson's first argument last week.
Josh Donaldson (left) and Tim Anderson’s first argument last week.
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The two crossed paths again on Saturday in the seventh after Donaldson went on foot and was cleared in second on a double cue ball. Anderson turned and seemed to be saying something to Donaldson, who appeared to be chuckling as he ran back to the dugout.

As for the further fireworks between the two players, Anderson wasn’t sure how things would play out.

“I can’t really call it because I don’t know my energy when I see him, I don’t know his energy,” Anderson said. “But we will see.”

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