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Reggie Jackson Claims Billy Martin Used Racial Slurs

Former New York Yankee and current Hall of Famer, Reggie Jackson, told Bob Costas in a recent interview that former manager Billy Martin used racial and anti-semantic slurs.

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Former New York Yankee and current Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson recently spoke with Bob Costas during an interview for MLB Network. Jackson spoke about former manager, the late Billy Martin, claiming he used racial and anti-semantic slurs during his tenure as Yankees manager. From ESPN New York:

"I never had an understanding of Billy Martin. I did not accept the way he managed me," Jackson said. "I did not accept the way he managed Ken Holtzman. I thought there was anti-Semitism there."

Jackson says the slurs were directed at other teammates as well.

"I couldn't accept that. I couldn't accept the racial epithets in reference to players like Elliott Maddox or Billy Sample. There are players that played for him that would tell you that. So there was an uneasiness, a knowledge about the person that I was very uncomfortable with. ... I wasn't his choice and he wanted to show George (Steinbrenner). So that was kind of an oddity, a craziness that I never could follow, and I struggled to have respect for Billy as a person and had it reinforced with the anti-Semitism that I witnessed."

The full interview is scheduled to air on MLB Network at 9 p.m. EST on Monday, October 31.