The Pittsburgh Pirates want to make it clear once and for all -- Pirates reliever Jared Hughes did not make a racial comment toward Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips.
The issue flared anew Wednesday after Phillips and Hughes seemingly had made peace during a cell-phone conversation that took place after Phillips said an unnamed Pirates player had said something racist toward him on Monday night.
Phillips, after his conversation with Hughes, repeated his claim in an interview with NBC SportsTalk, promoting Hughes to issue a statement Wednesday.
"In response to Brandon Phillips' TV interview yesterday prior to the game, I feel compelled to once again make it perfectly clear that I did not make any comment with a racial undertone or connotation during our exchange Monday night, period," Hughes said.
"While I cannot repeat everything that I said because I did swear, it is obvious when reviewing the tape that I in no way, shape or form made any remark that was in any wa...