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‘Trying to Get Under People’s Skin’- Stephen A. Smith Believes Josh Donaldson ‘Meant to Egg At’ Tim Anderson With Controversial ‘Jackie’ Remark

Published 05/27/2022, 8:15 AM EDT

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New York Yankees’ third baseman, Josh Donaldson, issued an apology to Tim Anderson and the late MLB legend Jackie Robinson on Wednesday. He apologized to Jackie Robinson’s family for using the MLB Hall of Famer’s name as a reference to the Chicago White Sox star Tim Anderson.

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However, the famous American sports TV personality, Stephen A. Smith, does not believe that Donaldson feels sorry at all. Notably, during the last week’s game between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox, Josh Donaldson called Tim Anderson by using the reference to Jackie Robinson. He called him “Jackie,” to which the White Sox star took offense.


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This incident nearly caused a bench-clearing brawl for both teams. Later, Donaldson admitted using the name of the MLB Hall of Famer, for he also faced the suspension of one game.

Did Josh Donaldson really feel sorry for his “Jackie” remark?

It has not been even one year since Donaldson joined the Yankees. But the star 3rd baseman has been making news for his controversial remark about Jackie Robinson. Although Donaldson has apologized to Anderson and Jackie Robinson’s family, Stephen does not believe that he meant no disrespect to Anderson.

“Smart and predictable. Smart clearly, because people have gotten in his ear and let him know how offensive this came across. And how it may have been misinterpreted. I totally believe him when he says he meant no disrespect to Mr. Jackie Robinson….”


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“We get that and I believe him on that. What I don’t believe is that he meant no disrespect to Tim Anderson. Clearly, Tim Anderson told you before that it bothered him you meant to egg at him… He has a history of really trying to get under people’s skin. So he clearly meant to do that when it came to Tim Anderson,” said Stephen A. Smith on Donaldson.


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Who is Jackie Robinson?

2022 marked the 75th birth anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s MLB debut. Born in 1919, the MLB legend breathed his last in 1972. He was the first person to break the color barrier in the game of baseball. His character was so iconic that later in the 21st century, the late Chadwick Boseman starred in his biographical drama.


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He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers (now LA Dodgers) back then. During his MLB career, he smashed 141 home runs for the Dodgers. Later, in the 1956 season, Robinson bid farewell to the game.

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Written by:

Abhishek Kumar


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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.
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