Chicago White Sox closer Liam Hendriks rips ‘delusional’ Josh Donaldson for ‘Jackie’ comment to Tim Anderson

Josh Donaldson says he was “joking round” when he referred to Tim Anderson as “Jackie,” however no less than one member of the Chicago White Sox is not shopping for the previous MVP’s rationalization.

“Usually you’ve gotten inside jokes with folks you get together with, not individuals who do not get alongside in any respect,” White Sox closer Liam Hendriks stated Sunday, at some point after the trade between Donaldson and Anderson incited a benches-clearing incident at Yankee Stadium. “So that assertion proper there was full bulls—.”

Donaldson admitted after Saturday’s sport to calling Anderson “Jackie” — a nod to Jackie Robinson — within the first inning. The Yankees third baseman apologized, saying he meant no disrespect.

But Anderson, who’s Black, stated Saturday that was offended by Donaldson’s comment, calling it “disrespectful” and “pointless.” Hendriks echoed these sentiments Sunday afternoon earlier than the golf equipment began a doubleheader.

“Us on this clubhouse, we’ve (Anderson’s) again and all the pieces — and that was only a utterly unacceptable factor,” Hendriks stated. “Again, (the Yankees) are attempting to whip it out as being an inside joke — no, that is horse s—. They do not have these kinds of issues occurring. … That’s like having an inside joke with a man who you’re a nemesis with, I suppose you would say.

“But that is not the way it went down on this clubhouse, and I do not perceive how (Donaldson) ever considered it like that. It’s simply straight delusional.”

Donaldson, who’s white, stated the “Jackie” comment was in reference to a 2019 interview with Sports Illustrated wherein Anderson described himself as feeling like “right this moment’s Jackie Robinson” in how he is “getting to a degree the place I want to change the sport.” Donaldson stated it was a reference about which he is “joked round” with Anderson about it previously.

Major League Baseball is wanting into the matter and talking to the entire related events concerned, a supply advised ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez. Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone stated Sunday that he didn’t assume Donaldson ought to have made the comment.

“I do not consider there was any malicious intent in that regard,” Boone advised reporters. “But you understand, that is, simply in my view, someplace he shouldn’t be going.”

White Sox supervisor Tony La Russa stated Saturday that he thought Donaldson’s comment was “racist” and elaborated on the scenario a day later, telling reporters he’s “curious” to see whether or not the Yankees deal with the incident.

“I’m really curious to see what the Yankee group says,” La Russa stated. “It’s not likely necessary what I say right here. I noticed what Aaron stated — he is between a rock and a tough place there.”

Hendriks additionally stated he additionally hopes for additional response from the Yankees.

“A few our guys made certain a pair guys of their clubhouse knew precisely what was occurring,” Hendriks stated. “So whether or not it is an inside factor that has to occur on their facet, right this moment we present up and do what we got here right here to do — we’ve an opportunity to win two video games at Yankee Stadium.”

Anderson was held out of Chicago’s Game 1 lineup by La Russa, who stated it “did not make sense” to have the previous AL batting champion play each video games of the doubleheader.

Donaldson scrapped with Anderson on May 13 in Chicago after making a tough tag, and the White Sox star shortstop responded with a shove, ensuing within the benches and bullpens clearing. He stated Saturday that he was “making an attempt to defuse” any lingering stress when the gamers crossed paths early within the sport.

In the third inning, Donaldson had rounded second base after the ultimate out and commenced jawing with Anderson because the groups got here off the sphere. Donaldson was escorted off the sphere by Boone whereas Anderson was led off by third-base coach Joe McEwing.

“(Donaldson) knew rattling effectively what he was doing,” Hendriks stated. “He supposed it to be precisely what it was. He simply did not intend for the repercussions, which have been swift.”

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