NEW YORK -- Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson issued a statement Thursday about his alleged racist remark toward Chicago White Sox infielder Tim Anderson and his subsequent suspension.
During, Donaldson called Anderson "Jackie," in reference to Jackie Robinson. His , and Major League Baseball suspended him for one game.
Donaldson, who is currently on the COVID list, appealed the suspension, claiming he was making a lighthearted jab. He said the remark was in reference to a 2019 Sports Illustrated interview in which Anderson described himself as feeling like today's Jackie Robinson - isolated in a predominantly white sport.
"First and foremost, I have the utmost respect for what Tim Anderson brings to the game of baseball," Donaldson wrote in Thursday's statement. "I stated over the weekend that I apologized for offending Tim and that it was a misunderstanding based on multiple exchanges between us over the years. My view of that exchange hasn't changed and I absolutely meant no disrespect. In the past, it had never been an issue and now that it is, we have a mutual understanding.
"I would also like to apologize to Mrs. Rachel Robinson and the Jackie Robinson family for any distress this incident may have caused. Jackie was a true American hero and I hold his name in the highest regard."
After Saturday's game, Anderson said the comment was "disrespectful" and uncalled for.
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