NEW YORK – Yankees manager Aaron Boone reacted to a report that the team had discouraged superstar Aaron Judge from talking about racial issues.
“As far as I know,” said Boone, “this is absolutely untrue. “
“In fact, we encourage our guys – if they want their voices to be heard on any subject – we will always encourage them to speak their minds and their hearts,” said Boone. a conference call Thursday.
ESPN’s Howard Bryant report, released on Wednesday, said:
Today, at a time when the greatest voices in American sports are using their influence to speak out against injustice – like (Jackie) Robinson – it is the Yankees who subtly discourage their new superstar, Aaron Judge, from speaking out on race issues, encouraging him to follow the pattern of racial and politically neutral discrimination Derek Jeter, another indication of the price that black players can expect to pay by supporting blacks.
After the death of George Floyd at the hands of white police in Minneapolis and as Black Lives Matter protests continue across the country, Boone said the club has discussed race.
“We talked about it throughout the organization,” he said, “within our team, within our club, individually with different guys as well. I think it’s a very important conversation and I hope it’s a huge conversation in our country right now. But it is a conversation in which we hope to progress and improve and we hope that we will have difficult conversations between us all the time. “
Please Subscribe now and support the local journalism you trust and trust.
Brendan Kuty can be reached at [email protected]. Tell us your story about coronavirus or send a tip here.