Major League Baseball has announced they are suspending Josh Donaldson for one game over comments made towards Tim Anderson. Here is the announcement:
Major League Baseball has completed the process of speaking to the individuals involved in this incident. There is no dispute over what was said on that field. Regardless of Mr. Donaldson's intent, the comment he directed toward Mr Anderson was disrespectful and in poor judgement, particularly when viewed in the context of their prior interactions.
In a locker room interview, Donaldson admitted he called Anderson "Jackie" during the game, but denied any racist intentions.
"We are not trying to start any brawls or anything like that," Donaldson told reporters after the game. "Obviously, he deemed it was disrespectful and look, if he did, I apologize because that's not what I was trying to do by any matter."
Donaldson said it had been a joke between the two players, and said they had joked about it previously after Anderson's 2019 interview with Sports Illustrated.
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