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 Wednesday. Now there is some information about what he said, per ESPN's Jeff Passan.
During the benches-clearing incident, White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson called Royals pitcher Brad Keller a "weak-ass f---ing n-word," sources tell ESPN. Anderson, who was hit by a Keller pitch one at-bat after he hit a home run and flipped his bat, was suspended for one game.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 19, 2019
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, Chicago'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.