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White Sox's Tim Anderson: Josh Donaldson's Jackie Robinson comment 'disrespectful' - The Athletic

Chicago manager Tony La Russa told the media postgame the comment was racist.

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White Sox's Tim Anderson: Josh Donaldson's Jackie Robinson comment 'disrespectful' - The Athletic Image

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson said Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson made a "disrespectful" comment toward him in the first inning of Saturday's game when he asked him, "What's up, Jackie?" in reference to Jackie Robinson. Chicago manager Tony La Russa told the media postgame the comment was racist.

Anderson and Donaldson exchanged words multiple times during Saturday's matchup. Benches eventually cleared in the fifth inning during a Donaldson at-bat when he was talking to catcher Yasmani Grandal. Anderson ran in from his position to confront Donaldson. Anderson was held back by teammates and both teams were issued warnings.

"I wasn’t really bothering nobody today but he made the comment and it was disrespectful and I don’t think it was called for," Anderson told reporters. "It’s unnecessary."

Donaldson confirmed he did call Anderson "Jackie" in the first inning, but said he was referencing a 2019 Sports Illustrated article in which Anderson referred to himself as "today's Jackie Robinson." Donaldson and Anderson had previously joked about the interview, he said.

"I kind of feel like today’s Jackie Robinson,” Anderson said in the interview, referencing his desire to break the "have-fun barrier" in baseball. “That’s huge to say. But it’s cool, man, because he changed the game, and I feel like I’m getting to a point to where I need to change the game."

The hostility between the two stems back to last weekend, when Donaldson and Anderson collided on an attempted pickoff tag at third. Donaldson added that he was trying to "diffuse" the situation Saturday and that Anderson "deemed that it was disrespectful" this time.

"We're not trying to start any brawls or anything like that," Donaldson said. He added that he could address the situation with Anderson, but didn't know if Anderson would be willing.

This story will be updated.

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