Davis’ candid comments are a marked contrast to some of his public statements during his Cincinnati seasons (1984-91; 1996), when he was often seen smiling with Schott.
On Schott using the “N word”: “To have my owner call me her ‘million-dollar — ,’ it didn’t really sit good with me,” Davis says. He says he was 22 at the time, which would have been his rookie season in 1984. He used it as motivation to make as much money as possible, he said.
“I got calls from the NAACP” and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, “but as a 22-year-old, what was I going to do? I put that under my hat, and used that as my motivation, that if I’m going to be a million-dollar … , then she’s going to have to keep paying me well over $1 million, because I’m going to prove my worth to her.”
On being left behind in an Oakland hospital after the Reds swept the A’s in the 1990 World Series (because Davis tore his kidney diving for a ball in Game 4): “I had a lot of bitter feelings about Cincinnati. For me to be the No. 1 guy, the face of the franchise, and to put my life on the line to help you win, it was kind of depressing. I held a grudge for a long time.”
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