Astros' Yuli Gurriel 'did not want to offend anybody' with racist gesture
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Oct 29, 2017,
Oct 29, 2017, 1:34
Yuli Gurriel has avoided a suspension during the World Series for an inappropriate gesture during Game 3 of the World Series. Further, delaying the suspension would give Gurriel his full right to appeal.
Gurriel will also be forced to undergo sensitivity training in the off-season, Manfred said.
Immediately after the game, Darvish seemed upset about Gurriel's gesture.
Commissioner Manfred added, "There is no place in our game for the behavior or any behavior like the behavior we witnessed last night.There is no excuse or explanation that makes that type of behavior acceptable". Gurriel has been ordered by Major League Baseball to appear in the principal's offense today to be berated (and perhaps fined) for his failure to be up to date with the Social Code According to the Left. "I would particularly like to apologize to Yu Darvish, a pitcher that I admire and respect. I didn't try to offend anybody".
Forcing him to sit out a game would be painful for both Gurriel's teammates and their fans, both of whom would be deprived of his superb talents at the plate and in the field. "I used my best judgment".More news: Senator Blumenthal Calls On FCC To Counter Trump's Threats To NBC
"Yes, of course. I want to talk to him because I have nothing against him", he said. "But I was in Japan and I know that it's offensive, and honestly, I apologize to him".
When cameras caught Gurriel in the dugout making the gesture and comment, social media erupted. Right now, there are millions of kids watching Gurriel's Two Things on YouTube and wondering whether, as Darvish might put it, such actions are okay. "Secondly, I felt it was unfair to punish the other 24 players on the Astros' roster". He had no intention of offending anyone, but he recognises the perceived offensiveness of his actions.
Instead, he will be suspended the first five games of next season.
Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a written statement that Gurriel's forfeited salary will be donated "to the Astros Foundation and to a charity directly supporting diversity efforts". (I didn't see it, and don't care to.) This touched of a storm from the Indignation-Industrial Complex, and one of its subsidiaries, Major League Baseball.
Following the Astros' 5-3 win, Gurriel spoke in front of his locker with the aid of an interpreter, saying he didn't mean to offend anybody. "They don't like that, but I didn't mean to do it".