Sheffield: Torre Discriminates

Slugger claims Yankee skipper favors whites over blacks—but says manager isn't a racist
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 14, 2007 12:32 PM CDT
Outfielder Gary Sheffield, right, and Yankees' manager Joe Torre, left, shake hands after Sheffield was introduced as the newest Yankee during a news conference at Yankee Stadium in this Dec. 17, 2003...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.