Giants’ Richardson accuses Padres’ Mike Shildt of racist undertone comments
The San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 13-2 as the MLB season gets going after a rocky start.
The Giants vs Padres game was nothing but historic. Alyssa Nakken coached her first MLB game, becoming the first woman ever to coach a professional game in the league’s history. But unfortunately, this opportunity came from what is shaping to be a sad situation with racism at its center.
Antoan Richardson accused Padres’ coach Mike Shildt of comments with a racist undertone. It all happened when the Giants coach was ejected from the game in the third inning of the match and had Alyssa take over at first base.
What did Schildt say?
After an exchange of words between both coaches. Richardson heard that Shildt said to the Giants dugout, “You need to control that motherf...er,” moments after Richardson was ejected from the game because he seemingly became apprehensive.
At a press conference, the San Francisco coach said he wanted to clarify what happened and why he became so tense at that moment. He went on to explain that he heard an insult and “Went to the top step and said, ‘Excuse me?’ because I couldn’t believe what I heard. At that point in time, Gibson, the crew chief, decided to toss me from the game,”.
For the Giants coach, it was essential to explain why he thinks clarifying this is important, “I say this because his words were disproportionately unwarranted and reeked undertones of racism when he referred to me as ‘that motherf...er,’ as if I was to be controlled or a piece of property or enslaved. I think it’s just really important we understand what happened tonight. And the second part that’s equally disappointing is that me being tossed by that umpire empowers this coach to continue to have conversations like that with people like me.”
Historic night and a win
First-base coach Alyssa Nakken had to finish the game as the person in charge, recording the first win for a female coach in the MLB. At the moment, neither the Shildt nor the Padres have made any statements regarding the incident.