Report: Tim Anderson called Royals pitcher Brad Keller ‘f—ing n-word’
Tim Anderson was suspended one game by MLB on Friday for using bad language during a bench-clearing incident between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Now there is some information about what he said.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan, reported on Friday that the White Sox shortstop called Royals pitcher Brad Keller a “weak a– f—ing n-word.”
The phrase reportedly was said within earshot of umpires, leading to Anderson’s ejection.
Anderson was hit by a pitch as retribution for celebrating a home run in the game with an emphatic bat toss. Managers Rick Renteria and Ned Yost even got into it during the scuffle.
On Friday, MLB announced a one-game suspension for Anderson and five-game suspension for Keller, which will cause the pitcher to miss a start. They each received undisclosed fines. Renteria, the White Sox’s manager, was also suspended a game.
The suspension for Anderson came as a surprise to some considering MLB’s changed stance on home run celebrations. The revelation of his use of charged language helps explain the discipline.