3/10 Bradley sounds off
Milton Bradley told ESPN that he received hate mail while with the Cubs and felt he was a “prisoner in his own home.” He said that unless you’re “Superman or you’re Andre Dawson, Ernie Banks, or Hall of Fame, then it’s going to be tough” for African-American players in Chicago.
He said he asked Lou Piniella to publicly apologize to him for comments made last June at U.S. Cellular Field. Piniella made a derogatory comment to Bradley, and sent him home from a game between the Cubs and White Sox.
“The next day, [Piniella] called me into his office and wanted to apologize,” Bradley told ESPN. “I felt you put me on blast, called me out in front of everybody, you’re going to apologize in front of everybody. He didn’t choose to go that route but I accepted his apology nonetheless because as a Christian, that’s what you do. I don’t have time to hold grudges against people.”
During the ESPN interview, Bradley also said his 3-year-old son was called a derogatory name in school, calling that “the last straw.” Bradley also was taunted by someone at a restaurant.
Bradley received a three-year, $30 million contract from the Cubs in January 2009, and batted .257 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs. He was suspended for the final 15 games of the regular season because of detrimental conduct and was traded in December to the Seattle Mariners for Carlos Silva.
– Carrie Muskat