New York 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.
Donaldson classified the situation as a "misunderstanding." He said he respects Anderson and meant "absolutely no disrespect" with his comments. Donaldson also said his view of their exchange "hasn't changed."
Donaldson then apologized to Rachel Robinson — Jackie's widow — for "any distress this incident may have caused."
Donaldson has not played since the series against the White Sox. He was placed on the COVID-19 list Monday. That same day, MLB announced a one-game suspension for Donaldson. Donaldson remains on the COVID-19 list, though reportedly tested negative, suggesting he could return soon.
MLB has not issued an update on Donaldson's appeal, so it's unclear whether he'll be eligible to play once he's activated from the COVID-19 list.