Perhaps you interpreted the combating this weekend at Yankee Stadium as a direct results of a racist remark by Josh Donaldson to Tim Anderson. Or possibly you imagine that Donaldson was merely poking enjoyable at Anderson by calling the Black participant “Jackie,” which Donaldson stated stemmed from the White Sox standout as soon as telling Sports activities Illustrated he feels “like as we speak’s Jackie Robinson” by way of breaking the “have-fun barrier.”
The reality — whether or not it was a long-running joke that went sideways or a malicious, racist taunt — hopefully will probably be uncovered by Main League Baseball, which is investigating the circumstances that led to the benches being emptied Saturday throughout Yankees-White Sox, Anderson to be livid and Chicago supervisor Tony La Russa to say Donaldson used “a racist remark.” Extra context — together with whether or not Donaldson certainly had known as Anderson “Jackie” prior to now in a lighthearted method that was accepted as teasing — will matter.
However put aside your private opinions about what you imagine transpired and the place you draw the road between ribbing and racism. Let’s undergo Donaldson’s main league previous — he’s new to the Yankees, however not practically to baseball or controversy — to see whether or not, in the meanwhile, he deserves the good thing about the doubt.
“You’re actually not supposed to love me being on the opposing group,” Donaldson informed reporters on July 1, 2021, when he first turned a hated participant within the South Facet of Chicago.