Saturday, July 14, 2007

Sheffield: Yankees Treat Black Players Differently

Gary Sheffield no longer plays in New York, but he is still causing headaches for the Yankees. This time, Sheffield told HBO's "Real Sports" that Yankee's manager Joe Torre treats black and white players differently.

Sheffield says in the interview that Derek Jeter "ain't all the way black," referring to the fact that Jeter's father is African-American and his mother is white.

During the interview which will air Tuesday at 10pm, Sheffield goes on to tell Andrea Kremer that he did not think Torre was racist, only that he treated black and white players differently.

Isn't that the definition of a racist? I am certainly not accusing Torre of being a racist, but it sure sounds as if Sheffield is.

from By RICHARD SANDOMIR of The New York Times

Gary Sheffield, who is known for making candid and controversial comments, said in an HBO Sports interview that Yankees Manager Joe Torre treated black players differently from whites during Sheffield’s three seasons with the team.

“When I was there, the couple of blacks that was there, every one of them had an issue with the organization,” he told “Real Sports” for its July 17 program. “They had an issue with Joe Torre.”

He added, “They weren’t treated like everybody else.”

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