Robin­son’s daugh­ter: Black players ‘in mi­nor­ity’

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Jackie Robin­son’s daugh­ter thinks black base­ball players are more re­luc­tant to speak pub­licly about racial is­sues than their NFL and NBA col­leagues be­cause they con­sti­tute a lower per­cent­age of ros­ters.

She spoke at Citi Field on Sun­day to mark Jackie Robin­son Day, the 71st an­niver­sary of her fa­ther break­ing Ma­jor League Base­ball’s color bar­rier with the Brook­lyn Dodgers. While more than 200 NFL players protested racial in­equal­ity last sea­son by kneel­ing or sit­ting dur­ing “The Star-Span­gled Ban­ner,” Oak­land Ath­let­ics catcher Bruce Maxwell was the only base­ball player to take a knee.

“I don’t think they have much choice,” Sharon Robin­son said. “They are in the mi­nor­ity and where in foot­ball and bas­ket­ball you have a group and there­for you can take a group ac­tion. So players if they speak out in­di­vid­u­ally, they could be the only African-Amer­i­can player on their team and it could be a dif­fi­cult spot for them to be in.”

The per­cent­age of black players from the United States and Canada on open­ing-day ac­tive ros­ters rose to 8.4 per­cent, up from 7.7 last year and its high­est level since at least 2012.

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