Astros' Yuli Gurriel 'did not want to offend anybody' with racist gesture

Astros' Yuli Gurriel 'did not want to offend anybody' with racist gesture

Astros' Yuli Gurriel 'did not want to offend anybody' with racist gesture

"No one is ideal", Darvish wrote.

"I did not mean it to be offensive at any point..." He will also receive sensitivity training and personally apologize to pitcher Yu Darvish.

Immediately after the game, Darvish said he was angry. For me, he's always been one of the best pitchers.

Gurriel, a Cuban player, later apologized for his actions and comments. "It was not my intention".

"I just feel bad", Gurriel told the NY Times.

Darvish was born in Japan, to an Iranian father and a Japanese mother. He also characterized "chinito" as a common way in Cuba to talk about an Asian person.

Darvish termed Gurriel's ugly gesture "disrespectful" but was mostly in a forgiving mood, suggesting it be a learning experience. "That includes both you and I".

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"But I'm sure the Astros have Asian fans, and there are a lot of Asian people all over the world, and to those people, from a humanistic perspective and as a baseball organization, I thought the Astros' image might suffer as a result".

"Including him and I, nobody's flawless". He then called for Gurriel to learn from the mistake. Absolutely not. But here it's worth remembering that as much as we love these guys, and properly so, there is another team to which all of us owe even greater allegiance than the Astros: the team of humanity.

Later, in a statement released on Twitter, the Iranian-Japanese player seemed more forgiving, adding that "no one is flawless", and while what Gurriel did "isn't right", he believes "we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse him". This and Houston manager A.J. Hinch telling him, " That was wrong; don't do it again, dummy", should have been sufficient to cover a tasteless lapse by this gaijin.

Following Manfred's announcement, the Houston Astros released another apology from Gurriel, who they insist is "extremely remorseful" over the incident.

Dodgers outfielder Enrique Hernandez described the situation as "disappointing". The league intends to also discipline the first baseman.

However, Darvish later issued a statement through his social media accounts that was more forgiving and conciliatory.

Darvish later tweeted "let's stay positive and move forward instead of focusing on anger". He said he knows the Japanese are offended by it because he played in Japan in 2014. He was traded to the Dodgers at this year's July 31 trade deadline.

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