Josh Donaldson apologizes to Jackie Robinson's family for "disrespectful" remarks

Bronx, New York - Following a one game suspension from the MLB, Yankees' third baseman Josh Anderson issued an apology to Jackie Robinson's wife and family for his inappropriate remarks.

Although he apologized, Josh Donaldson of the New York Yankees has appealed his suspension.
Although he apologized, Josh Donaldson of the New York Yankees has appealed his suspension.  © Patrick Smith / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Donaldson was suspended for one game and fined at an undisclosed amount by the MLB following remarks he made during Saturday's game to White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson.

Though Donaldson said his intentions of calling Anderson "Jackie" – referring to baseball legend Jackie Robinson –were done in jest, many, including the Sox shortstop, found the repeated comments "disrespectful."

On Thursday, the New York slugger issued another apology, this time extending amends to Robinson's wife and family.

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"I would also like to apologize to Mrs. Rachel Robinson and the Jackie Robinson family for any distress the incident may have caused," he said via a statement.

"Jackie was a true American hero and I hold his name in the highest regard."

Josh Donaldson appeals his suspension

Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson said he felt Donaldson's "Jackie" comments were "disrespectful."
Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson said he felt Donaldson's "Jackie" comments were "disrespectful."  © Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

In the same statement, the 36-year-old also reiterated his intention behind the comments, saying it was a misunderstanding and that he meant no harm or disrespect.

"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."

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Donaldson, who is also currently on the Covid-19 injured list after contracting the virus, is appealing his suspension.

Cover photo: Patrick Smith / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

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