Yankee manager Joe Torre favors his white players over their black teammates, Gary Sheffield says, but the outspoken outfielder says he doesn't consider his ex-skipper a racist. "I think it's the way they do things around there," the current Detroit slugger tells HBO in an interview set to air next week.
Of his 2004-06 stint with the team, Sheffield says, "The couple of blacks that were there, every one of them had an issue with the organization." Torre tells the AP: "I just don't even want to answer those types of questions." And ABC News quotes a reporter for corporate sibling ESPN with an important reminder: Sheffield just published a tell-all book.