San Francisco Giants’ first base coach Antoan Richardson was ejected on Tuesday night.
Following last night’s game between the Giants and Padres, Richardson spoke on that ejection as he informed the media it all began when Padres third base coach Mike Shildt yelled, “You need to control that motherf—er” to the Giants’ dugout.
The use of the word ‘motherf–ker’ rubbed him the wrong way.
“[Shildt] yelled, ‘You need to control that motherf—er,’” Richardson told reporters, via ESPN. “At that point in time, I 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.
Richardson was offended by Shildt’s comments because he felt as if he was addressed like a piece of property.
“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, and that’s really unfortunate that’s what happened tonight.”
Giants manager Gabe Kapler did not hear the comment, but he still supports Richardson.
“I trust Antoan’s judgment 100 percent,” Kapler said. “I trust Antoan’s judgment on the matter, and I know that Antoan was not out of control at all and that anything that was said to insinuate that he was is totally inappropriate. He didn’t instigate any part of this.”