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Brian McRae: Tom Gordon once went at Bo Jackson with a knife in Royals clubhouse

Former Royals outfielder Bo Jackson.
Former Royals outfielder Bo Jackson. The Associated Press

That Danny Valencia-Billy Butler fight had nothing on a brouhaha that once took place in the Royals clubhouse. That’s according to former Royals center fielder Brian McRae.

While talking with Nate Bukaty and Steven St. John on 810 AM, McRae was asked about the Valencia-Butler fisticuffs.

“It’s something that happens a lot, a lot more than the fans would realize,” McRae said.

McRae added that because players spend so much time together — in the clubhouse, traveling, etc. — they are bound to get on each one another’s nerves. Why, McRae even recalled the time Tom “Flash” Gordon pulled a knife on Bo Jackson.

Naturally, this piqued the interest of Bukaty and St. John, and they wanted more details.

“Flash was a bad man,” said McRae, who was teammates with the two of them in 1990. “Flash could hold his own on Bo. And Bo didn’t really mess with Flash too much. Because Flash could fight you and Flash was a little crazy, too, so you don’t want to mess with crazy.”

And what started the fight among the players?

“It’s like one of those things where Flash was like Bo’s little brother,” McRae said on the 810 broadcast. “That’s how they kind of acted. And I guess (in) a two-week period, Bo was getting on Flash about different things.

“One day, Flash was like, ‘I ain’t gonna take this no more, Bo,’ and went in his locker, got a knife and charged at Bo.”

McRae said teammates grabbed both players and separated them. No one was injured.

“We had a good laugh about it a little bit later,” McRae said. “But you look at it later like man, what they hell is going on?”

McRae talked a bit more about that incident and the current Royals team and their playoff chances, and you can listen to that here.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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