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Billy Butler apologizes, takes responsibility for his role in fight in A’s clubhouse

In this May 28, 2016 file photo Oakland’s Danny Valencia was congratulated by Billy Butler after hitting a home run.
In this May 28, 2016 file photo Oakland’s Danny Valencia was congratulated by Billy Butler after hitting a home run. The Associated Press

Three days after the news broke about a fight between Billy Butler and Danny Valencia — both currently with Oakland A’s and former Royals — Butler apologized.

Butler, a designated hitter with the A’s, talked with reporters on Wednesday and said that he and Valencia are not enemies.

“First off, I want to say to my teammates, I want to apologize for putting them through this because they didn’t deserve this,” Butler told reporters, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. “This was an issue between me and Danny. They didn’t deserve this, the coaching staff didn’t deserve this, the organization didn’t deserve this. This (is) something that could have been prevented on both sides.”

You can read more about what led to the fight here. Valencia allegedly punched Butler in the temple and Butler has been placed on the disabled list with concussionlike symptoms.

“I think it’s one of those things where I know I regret what I did and I think he regrets what he did,’’ Butler said, according to John Hickey of IBAbuzz.com.

Hickey also reported that Butler, who was with the Royals from 2007-20014, said he could remember only one other fight in his major-league career.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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