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Notes: Bradley incident in the past10/07/2004 7:53 PM ET
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
ST. LOUIS -- Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley and Los Angeles Times reporter Jason Reid, who engaged in a clubhouse altercation after Wednesday's workout, met before Game 2 on Thursday night. "Milton and I met in the clubhouse before the game," said Reid. "He apologized for the slur he directed at me and we resolved to treat each other with respect and professionalism going forward. The matter is closed as far as I'm concerned." Before that meeting, manager Jim Tracy was hopeful that the incident would have a short shelf life. "My final thought," said Tracy, "is that it is two people I respect very much because of how I've been treated by both. One as a player, one as a writer. My only hope is that somehow the two can get together and get to a resolution." Bradley took exception to a question from Reid about his treatment by St. Louis fans. A heated argument ensued, during which Bradley called Reid "an Uncle Tom." Both Bradley and Reid are African-American. Reid had to be intercepted by players and team officials to prevent him from getting to Bradley, who has already served two suspensions this season for unacceptable behavior during games. "My initial reaction is that this does not rise to the level of disciplining Milton," said owner Frank McCourt. "Having said that, I don't condone him or anybody being disrespectful to somebody else by name-calling of any kind." Tracy said he was not fully dressed when he first heard a commotion in the clubhouse and by the time he rounded the corner and could see what happened, Bradley had walked into the shower area. Tracy pieced together facts of the incident by talking to eyewitnesses. Tracy said he did not think the incident would be a distraction to the team for Game 2 of the National League Division playoffs against St. Louis. "I certainly hope not," he said. "You know, I think our focus here should be on exactly what we're here for, and that is that we're playing a very important baseball game today and that's where the focus needs to stay." Robin Ventura, a former New York Yankee, said the incident was nothing special. "We'd have two of those a month with the Yankees," he said.
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