July 25, 2015 6:00 pm -


Reggie Jackson was annoyed that a fan came back for a second autograph while the baseball legend was trying to enjoy dinner with friends.

While most of the other Hall of Famers were attending HOF chairman Jane Clark’s annual Friday night party at her Cooperstown home, Jackson instead opted to leave the party early and have dinner in town with friends at the Mount Fuji restaurant on Main Street. Jackson was besieged by autograph seekers, and after apparently accommodating a few of them, he became agitated when at least one of them came back for a second autograph.

Jackson admitted Saturday morning that he “was upset” by the fan and cursed at him, but denied physically touching him, saying, “I used profanity. I told him no autographs but I did not touch him.”

The video shows Jackson screaming at the fan. “I already signed one,” he yelled, “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.”

The fan then appeared to say something more to provoke Jackson, according to the video, and at that point the 69-year-old retired Yankee slugger appeared to shove the man, as others in the crowded restaurant tried to intervene. A further tussle ensued, and Jackson continued his profanity-laced tirade.

“I need a f—– body guard,” Jackson screamed.

Jackson was adamant Saturday that he did not shove the fan. “You cannot touch a person,” he said. “It would be wrong to touch a person. Touching someone is not for me. You don’t touch people in public. I was upset.”



D.B. Hirsch
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