Jackson apologizes for incident at Cooperstown restaurant
Retired MLB great Reggie Jackson says he’s sorry for using profanity in public after a confrontation with an autograph-seeking fan in Cooperstown.
Jackson took to Twitter to express his regret on Sunday, saying "mad or not" there was no excuse for his language.
A sincere apology for my profanity in public to all fans. Certainly not a way to communicate. Mad or not, no excuse.Article continues below ...
— Reggie Jackson (@mroctober) July 26, 2015
Cooperstown police say no charges have been filed. The Associated Press could not immediately reach Jackson, who was in town for events leading up to Sunday’s Baseball Hall of Fame inductions, for comment.
Jackson was at dinner Friday when he reportedly lost his temper with some autograph seekers.
According to the New York Daily News, Jackson signed for some fans but got upset when one of them came back for a second time.
"I already signed one," he allegedly screamed at the fan, "and you go back to the f—— line and come up again. That’s f—– up. Now it’s my time to eat dinner with people I seldom see. It’s f—– up. Pay for them like everybody else."
At that point, the fan allegedly said something else to Jackson, who then appeared to shove the fan, according to the Daily News. Amid the fracas, Jackson reportedly shouted, "I need a f—– body guard."
Jackson met with reporters Saturday morning and admitted there was a verbal exchange. However, he denied that the confrontation got physical and said he never pushed the fan.
Hold on! did I yell at someone to go away, yes, but did touch anyone, or did anyone touch me no way…..
— Reggie Jackson (@mroctober) July 25, 2015