Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson apologized to Jackie Robinson's family in a statement addressing comments Donaldson made to Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson. In the statement, Donaldson calls Robinson a "true American hero."
Donaldson also addressed the Anderson situation. Donaldson received a one-game suspension from Major League Baseball after referring to Anderson as "Jackie" during a game. White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal confronted Donaldson during that contest, leading to both benches clearing. No punches were thrown during the confrontation.
First and foremost, I have the utmost respect for what Tim Anderson brings to the game of baseball. 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.
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