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Torii Hunter says he was misquoted

Dec 31, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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This was about as predictable as could be:

I’m very disappointed in Kevin Baxter’s article in which my quotes and feelings have been misrepresented. He took two completely separate quotes and made them into one quote that does not express how I feel as a Christian or a human being . I have love and respect for all human beings regardless of race, color or sexual orientation. I am not perfect and try hard to live the best life I can and treat all people with respect. If you know me you know that I am not anti anything and to be portrayed as anti-gay in this article is hurtful and just not true.

For what it’s worth, Kevin Baxter is a well-respected reporter and a straight shooter. Anything is possible I suppose, but long is the list of people who have publicly stepped in it and then later claimed they were misquoted and taken out of context.

Indeed, Torii Hunter himself has made this claim before.

  1. MattJanik - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Claiming that he was “taken out of context” without even attempting to explain the “proper” context so maybe people could change their new opinions about him is exceptionally useless on Hunter’s part.

    • jackwhite11 - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      Where in Hunter’s statement does he say he was taken out of context? He says Baxter combined two separate quotes into one, and in so doing, changed the meaning and misrepresented what he actually said. If that’s true, then Kevin Baxter isn’t the “straight shooter” that Craig says he is. It’ll never happen, but I’d love to hear the unedited tape of the interview.

      All that aside, Torii Hunter’s evangelical Christian beliefs are well known, certainly known to Baxter. Why did Baxter, then, specifically choose Hunter to interview on this particular subject, knowing what his response was likely to be?

      • MattJanik - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        Not in that statement, but he did play the “out of context” card in a separate tweet: https://twitter.com/toriihunter48/status/285797428479815680

        Also, journalists use ellipses all the time to edit quotes, usually to remove stuff that isn’t relevant and/or stuttering, etc. It’s certainly possible there was something in that ellipsis that makes Hunter not look like a bigoted human being, but given that he said homosexuality was “not right” and makes him “uncomfortable”, I kind of doubt it.

        Either way, if you’re going to argue the media misconstrued a statement, you should probably point out what you ACTUALLY said/intended to say.

      • megl3155 - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:26 PM

        DUH!?! That’s exactly why.

      • paperlions - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

        “He says Baxter combined two separate quotes into one, and in so doing, changed the meaning and misrepresented what he actually said.”

        That is the definition of taking a quote out of context.

      • djpostl - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:22 PM

        Rofl.

        The very claim someone “took two quotes and made them into one” meets the criteria for “taken out of context”.

        Whether or not he used that exact phrase it was clearly what he was claiming.

    • Mark - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      Yeah, I was wondering which part of the quote was taken out of context. The part where he says according to his religious beliefs he feels that it’s not right (homosexuality), or the part where he said it would be difficult to be on a team with them.

      Like you said, it would have been a lot better had he stated what the correct context should have been.

      • jackwhite11 - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        It would have been better, you’re right. But Torii Hunter isn’t a media professional. For that reason, given the situation, maybe it would have been appropriate for him to have had help and advice from the Tigers’ professional public relations or media staff, who, after all, do this for a living, rather than letting him dance in front of the wolves all by himself.

      • SOBEIT - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:52 PM

        Jackwhite-

        I feel bad for you because it is becoming more and more difficult to defend the position. But Torri is a media professional. All pro “Veteran” athletes are very media savvy. They know that what they say can hurt their brand as well as the teams brand. Don’t make him out to be some kind of media rookie.

        Plus he already had a lesson in being media savvy when he stepped in it as an Angel by saying Latin players are imposters…ie. not really black. He had a long talk with Scioccia and the rest of the Angels brass…as well as some players. Then Tori came out and said that he will only talk about baseball.

        So a nice image of dancing with wolves alone, but not true.

      • jackwhite11 - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:06 PM

        Sobeit, you’re correct and your point is taken. Still, if Hunter’s answer to Baxter’s question wasn’t reported accurately — for whatever reason — then I don’t see him as the bad guy in this. Nor do I agree you can reject out of hand his more recent clarification.

      • jackwhite11 - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        One more thing … I’m not clear what position you think I’m having difficulty defending. I’ve been clear I don’t agree with Hunter’s views on homosexuality, if that’s what you mean. But I am suspicious on why Baxter chose Hunter specifically to interview on the subject.

      • SOBEIT - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        Jack, what I have learned about athletes and their media reply after an “incident” is that if they have ammo to defend themselves they will use it. If they have specifics to clarify the situation they use it immediately. But when the reply is “I was misquoted or misinterpreted” that 99% of the time indicates a default response with no real specifics to be able to defend the position. In other words, if Torii had a real explanation, we would have heard it. But we got the standard reply meaning he knew very well what he said, but has no other explanation to clarify his real position. Meaning we got the real position and he is just doing damage control and he was not misquoted.

        I can appreciate you trying to straddle both sides of the aisle to come to an understanding, but after a certain point the scale tips clearly and overwhelmingly to one side.

        As a side note, I love how all the commenters defending Torii were stating he was just proclaiming his beliefs so don’t “attack him. So what is Torii proclaiming now that he said he was misquoted…what will all the bible thumpers do now that their prophet has walked back his statement.

        Also, I find it hard to believe that he was misquoted. He was asked to be interviewed for a piece on gay athletes and pro sports. So this was not some side question among a bevy of other questions. He was asked specifically to participate in this one. Why he was selected could be a number of reasons. Maybe he was the first to say yes as a representative of baseball since the article was about pro sports in general. Who knows, but it was not because Kevin Baxter thought he would get a gotcha answer. Torii is a know media hound who loves talking…on and off the field. So Baxter probably knew this since he works for the LA Times and Torii played with the Angels.

        But if you read the article by Kevin Baxter and also see that he is referencing journalist Cyd Ziegler, a writer for gay athletes and sports website, the point of the article was about a trend that is beyond older people against gay issues and younger generation are more accepting. The basis of the article was to highlight the fact that society in general has become very comfortable with gays and gay rights. Whether it be marriage, personal friendships, gay relatives, or co-workers…ie. pro athletes and locker rooms…more and more of society has come to the realization that sexual orientation does not matter. If you are a good person, you are a good person. If you can play sports well, you are on the team.

      • jackwhite11 - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        Well, I don’t know that Hunter has walked back his statement, Sobeit … given his subsequent statement, we don’t know what his original answer to Baxter’s question really was and there’s no way we’ll ever hear the tape. Did Baxter really combine two statements into one in order to assign a meaning that Hunter didn’t intend? I don’t knpw but it’s certainly possible. And in truth, I don’t find it as hard to believe as you that Hunter was misquoted. I think — I don’t know but I think — it’s likely Kevin Baxter was indeed trying for a gotcha answer. We’ll certainly never know the basis on which Baxter approached him. I’m tjuat rying to avoid denying Hunter the benefit of the doubt solely because I disagree with his religious beliefs, and I’ve made the acquaintance of enough newspaper writers in my life to know the truth is not always their goal.

    • stfucraig - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      Yawn, what a non-story this is. Get a life Craig.

  2. 4d3fect - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Well, duh.

    Does Torii only open his mouth to change feet?

    • 18thstreet - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      I’m sure the dozens of people who applauded Hunter for saying what he believes will now take it back.

      Unless those people just hate gay people, and look for any excuse to say so.

  3. brewcrewfan54 - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Suuuuuuuuure he was!

  4. koufaxmitzvah - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    People will be misquoted. People will have their quotes raked over and studied as if they are the lone window into the speaker’s soul. Sometimes it is a window; other times it is a misunderstanding.

    Torii Hunter always came off to me as somebody with a good heart. I don’t know anything about Kevin Baxter other than he’s a reporter, and sometimes reporters who do their jobs well, at the end of the day, failed to explain exactly what was going on in the subject matter’s mind. That especially happens when the news cycle is as quick and crazy as today’s web news cycle.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      Torii Hunter always came off to me as somebody with a good heart

      Quoting myself from another thread:

      Yeah he’s a great teammate, when he calls out Dominican’s for not being “really black” or when he called out Lew Ford for being scared to face Rivera in the post-season even though it never happened that way, or when he called out Angels management for saying they told him they didnt have the money to re-sign him and then signed Hamilton, or when he told the press he’d be uncomfortable around a gay teammate.

      Sounds like a wonderful person that I hope my son grows up to be like. Oh wait…

      Still think he has a good heart?

      • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:06 PM

        Seeing as how you’re asking me to judge somebody based on hearsay, I’ll say that I’m keeping my mind open in terms of Torii Hunter.

      • sabatimus - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:12 PM

        I think the Dominican comment was unfortunate, but even Hunter himself wished he could retract the “impostor” word choice. I also don’t think that calling out Lew Ford or the Angels management automatically means Hunter doesn’t have a good heart.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:18 PM

        Seeing as how you’re asking me to judge somebody based on hearsay, I’ll say that I’m keeping my mind open in terms of Torii Hunter.

        Dominican comment – http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/03/10/torii-hunter-black-dominican-players-are-imposters/

        Lew Ford comment – http://www.platoonadvantage.com/2012-articles/april/lew-ford-on-the-twins-and-torii-hunters-accusations.html

        Bitching about Angels Management – http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/13/u-mad-torii/

        And the gay one we all know where to find.

        Still think it’s hearsay?

      • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:58 PM

        Church- Technically, it is hearsay. My understanding of the term is it applies to anything relayed by another source. And since I have never sat down with Torii Hunter to have a conversation with him, just about everything read about the guy on the internet is considered hearsay. In my own defense, I also said I was keeping my mind open about the guy. Being open means I can go either way in terms of my personal judgment calls. And this is not enough for me to not like the guy anymore.

        Indaburg- I don’t know the guy but from watching him on TV and reading some articles about him and the Angels. That’s not really knowing the guy, I admit. I also am sure to eat tuna that come with labels indicating nice to dolphin activities. Do I know this tuna was caught in nets not also used to harm dolphins? I will say that I never associated a dolphin with murder, however Sea World makes me want to take a shower.

        As for me, I don’t like racism, sexism, religious supremacy, or gay bashing. I also don’t like character assassination. In a world where news flies a rapid fire speed, I see no reason to make judgment calls on any real people based off of what I read in blogs, whether the blog is a favorite or not.

        I mean, I’m pretty much blahed-out when it comes to this type of thing. And who cares what I think anyway? I can’t get my dog to stop chewing holes in my new boxers, and that dude thinks I’m Numero Uno.

      • djpostl - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:25 PM

        Hearsay? Try direct quotes by the guy concerning every thing referenced there.

      • djpostl - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        Anything relayed..not recorded. Everything he said was caught on tape. That’s called a confession. Not hearsay.

    • indaburg - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      I don’t suppose to know what lies inside the heart of any man, especially one I’ve never met, but I’m thinking Torii has a touch of what I call dolphin syndrome. He’s a good looking fellow with a wonderful smile, so we ascribe many positive qualities to the person, much like we do with dolphins and their perma-smiles. Dolphins can be murderous, thieving bastards, but they’re so cute, they smile and flip, so we love them. Anyhow, that’s not to say Hunter doesn’t have positive qualities but seeing as he’s flawed like the rest of us and has a history of being misquoted, perhaps he should learn to just say “no comment.”

      • historiophiliac - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        He is so cute. sniff sniff

      • paperlions - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:09 PM

        Hey, cheer up, Calvin Johnson is dreamy.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 31, 2012 at 6:45 PM

        Paper, you’re a stinker!

      • indaburg - Dec 31, 2012 at 8:08 PM

        He may be a stinker, but ‘lions does have a point.

    • Sign Ahead - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      Most people mean well, and they probably have good hearts. But harmful actions and harmful words are harmful, no matter how good-hearted a person is. It’s up to us to consider what we do and what we say. And when we make a mistake, it’s up to us to make it right.

      On this issue, all I’ve seen from Tori Hunter are hurtful, bigoted words, a vague excuse and an attempt to shift the blame from himself to a reporter. None of these things reflect well on Mr. Hunter. He may have a good heart, but right now it’s buried in a pile of muck he made for himself. It’s very difficult for me to see the goodness, when it’s buried so deep.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        A reporter frames what is being said to fit an article. Much as a catcher frames the plate to help expand the batter’s and umpire’s strike zones. Eric Gregg called pitches 5 inches off the plate as strikes throughout a game 7. Were those pitches strikes? Yes, but only during that ball game. An off-the-black strike is a strike in context to the rest of the game.

        What am I trying to say? Among other things, you don’t have to take everything you read on the internet– whether via blog or newspaper site or whatever– completely to heart. And as the above situation tries to express, you probably shouldn’t. If I called a Little League game the way Eric Gregg called his WS Game 7, I would have been run off the field by half the parents.

        When it comes to the quality of character of a person, there is more than what is quoted by somebody else that should be qualifiers. I would want it that way for me. Ergo, I try to provide that for Torii Hunter.

      • gibbyfan - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:19 PM

        I agree with you Sign Ahead and while none of us will probably really know what is in Hunter’s heart of hearts words like his kind of speak for themselves and were of his choosing and one woul dthink were not without some contemplation……..kinda tough to imagine what other context there could have been.

      • Sign Ahead - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:23 PM

        I don’t see much reason to give Hunter the benefit of the doubt. As other people have pointed out, he’s done this sort of thing before and, aside from waving the words “out of context” and “misquoted” around like talismans, he hasn’t done anything to correct the alleged misconception.

        Beyond that, unless Baxter played word jumble and completely rearranged what Hunter said, I don’t see how Hunters words could be misinterpreted to the extent that he’s claiming. ” In all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it’s not right,” is awfully clear. I hear dreck like that from people who claim to have “love and respect for all human beings” almost every day. And it shames them every time they say it.

        If Hunter wants us to believe that he does respect everyone, then he needs to examine what he says before it causes problems, and own up to his mistakes.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:16 PM

        You don’t have to give Torii Hunter any benefit of any doubt. And realize no one has to do that with you, either.

        Since I would like some benefit of doubt every once in a while, I provide it.

        I also know, especially in this incident, that whatever impressions or opinions I have regarding this situation doesn’t really impress anybody, least of all you or Torii Hunter.

        It’s the internet, dude.

      • Sign Ahead - Dec 31, 2012 at 6:09 PM

        I am giving someone the benefit of the doubt: Kevin Baxter.

        Hopefully this discussion, and the opinions therein, have had an impact on Torii Hunter, along baseball players everywhere. There’s no room for bigotry here, and people will notice when you say something stupid. Judging by Hunter’s rapid response, I would guess that he heard us loud and clear.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 31, 2012 at 7:13 PM

        This isn’t a challenge. Kevin Baxter isn’t the subject of the article, and he’s not the speaker of the quote.

        The internet is amazing, isn’t it?

      • Sign Ahead - Dec 31, 2012 at 7:15 PM

        Yes, the internet is amazing. Why do you keep telling me that?

  5. raulduke11 - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    So Tori is only uncomfortable OR would find it difficult? Not both?

  6. mudhead123 - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Yes

  7. vallewho - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    is there some audio record of the interview?

    • joerymi - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      Maybe, but it is unlikely we will hear it. If Hunter was misquoted, he ought to ask for the release of the unedited recording, if one is in existences . Journalists will typically do so only if explicitly asked by the source.

      Hunter is no dummy, so I kinda of think he may have been edited in a way that makes him sound worse. Treading lightly was, I am sure, front-and-center in his mind.

      But if he wasn’t misquoted, it is shameful to use it as an excuse. I appreciated his honestly in the piece, actually. I think it is asinine to be consumed over another person’s sexuality, but many are. I think Hunter’s view of gay teammates is probably predominate within locker-rooms, but it exists.

  8. Charles Gates - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    This is the pre internet version of ‘my account got hacked.’ No one believes it, but it flies for whatever reason.

    • jwbiii - Dec 31, 2012 at 7:05 PM

      The dog ate my homework!

  9. sabatimus - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    I think being “uncomfortable” and having “love and respect for all human beings” are mutually exclusive. A lot of people are interpreting “uncomfortable” as “I hate gays”. The closest he comes to saying that is “it’s not right”, which is a different quote that doesn’t in and of itself reference homosexuality. On the other hand, if he really thinks being gay isn’t “right”, I think it’s possible he can still have respect for people who are gay.

  10. thebadguyswon - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Let it go. No one cares.

    • sabatimus - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Wrong. Cue they “you care because you posted” comments.

    • natslady - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      No one cares about what? That Torii Hunter was misquoted or about the issue? If Hunter was misquoted and wants to re-state his position, and if he respects gay players and would be fine with them on his team, fine. Go with it, and be happy–and I don’t care if he was “misquoted” or if he has “searched his soul.” Or even if his agent got on his case. The bottom line is he said the right things. The second time around, but he said them.

  11. thebadguyswon - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Cue the fake indignation in 3…2…1…

  12. temporarilyexiled - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Misquoted?

    Is that the bookend to misspeaking?

  13. cur68 - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Well, he can play baseball better than me so I guess he’s got that going for him. Otherwise he should probably stop answering questions like this, because he’s terrible at it. Misquoted, eh? Probably, more like “recoded and wrote down everything everything he said then told everyone”.

  14. teedraper - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Typical idiot reporter misquoting an athlete that’s & in typical fashion….another reporter places blame on the athlete bc by no means could the reporter be wrong. No way no how.

    • opshuns - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:09 PM

      People are so gullible to the media in this country. Sometimes the freedom of speech gets carried away….

  15. mazblast - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Ok, so we have a small controversy here. The reporter should end the controversy by releasing the actual, unedited recording and letting others decide if this was a hack job or accurate reporting. He should not hide behind the “well, the guy hasn’t specifically asked me to release it” excuse, since his objectivity and professionalism has been called into question by the subject himself.

    If the report was accurate, then Hunter should be ashamed of himself, for calling the reporter out alone if not for what he said in the interview. If Hunter is right, the reporter should be canned or at least removed from reporting on the Tigers.

  16. cosanostra71 - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    I think those might be my favorite Angels jerseys.

    • ncphilliesguy - Dec 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      That Angel uni is SWEET, can’t imagine why they wouldn’t wear them all the time.

  17. natslady - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Even if you are religious, you are allowed to think for yourself and you have “free will.” Here is the governor of Maryland, rebutting his bishop.

    Archbishop Edwin O’Brien of Baltimore wrote to O’Malley that same-sex marriage went against the governor’s faith.

    “As advocates for the truths we are compelled to uphold, we speak with equal intensity and urgency in opposition to your promoting a goal that so deeply conflicts with your faith, not to mention the best interests of our society,” wrote O’Brien, who served as archbishop of the nation’s first diocese from October 2007 to August 2011.

    The governor was not persuaded. He held a news conference in July 2011 to announce that he would make same-sex marriage a priority in the next legislative session. He wrote back to the archbishop that “when shortcomings in our laws bring about a result that is unjust, I have a public obligation to try to change that injustice.”

    Same sex marriages become legal in Maryland at 12:01 a.m. January 1, 2013.

    You can’t call Torii Hunter’s feelings an “injustice.” But you can try to change them and you can hope he doesn’t pass them along to his children.

    • tuberippin - Jan 1, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      From what we’ve heard of one of his sons (Darius McClinton-Hunter, not Torii Hunter Jr.), I think it might be a little too late to worry about Torii Hunter’s views on same-sex relationships.

  18. thebadguyswon - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Hopefully, in 2013 MLB will see an openly gay PED user that’s welcomed by his teammates and Craig can put this issue to rest for good.

  19. theawesomersfranchise - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Rooting for an admitted homophobe is Difficult and uncomfortable in 2013.

    Not supporting legal gay marriage is one thing, saying having gays in your workspace (a workspace where you get paid millions to play a game) is difficult and uncomfortable. Well that’s not criminal but certainly shameful, especially from a African American.

    Hey Torii, I promise you someone said playing with a negro would be difficult and uncomfortable a long time ago. Yet here are your words suggesting that you can’t make the connection.

    • cur68 - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      At this point I’d find it difficult and uncomfortable playing with Torii Hunter. Not only am I the wrong kind of black person but he and I don’t have the same views on gay people or an openly gay teammate.

  20. natslady - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    I just want to say something personally. I have been in the performing arts all my life, and there are a lot of gay people in the field. When I was a teenager, I had two teachers who were gay and they were abusive to me (as teachers, not sexually) and I hated them. When I was a little older, I had a gay director of a show I was in and he was gentle and wonderful and when he died of AIDS I was devastated. (I am not gay). Gay people come in all shapes, colors and dispositions, like other human beings. If they are good baseball players, I want them on my team, like any other good baseball player. If they get married, I celebrate their happiness like any other friends I have. /end of rant

    • opshuns - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      The less I know about a person’s personal life, the happier I am. Why is the media so set in trying to find out which sports personality is gay???? Maybe they need a date…

  21. buccobrigade - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    I’m so tired of this stuff. All we do is talk about homosexuality and how people feel about it. New topic, leave this stuff in the bedroom please.

    • thebadguyswon - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      NO KIDDING. It has nothing to do with baseball. What do we get next….random baseball players views on gun control? If I want a furthering of the liberal agenda, I’ll go to Huffington Post.

      • cur68 - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:44 PM

        Uh, it DOES have to with baseball. He was asked about a gay teammate. If the question was “how do you feel about Baseball players going around with guns? and “Would it make you uncomfortable with guns in the clubhouse?” : STILL baseball questions.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 31, 2012 at 7:41 PM

        and leave your guns at home…you don’t need that at the ballpark.

    • cur68 - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:40 PM

      Send that to Torii on a postcard. He needs to say that to the next time some media dude asks him this question.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 31, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      I’m so tired of this stuff. All we do is talk about homosexuality and how people feel about it. New topic, leave this stuff in the bedroom please.

      Just an FYI, we’ve been discussing this on Craig’s blog for almost 4 years (earliest post I could find). Thanks for joining us, but like the Catholic Church, we aren’t changing

      http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/shysterball/article/coming-out-of-the-closet/

  22. daubs17 - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Why is this such a big deal? So he’s uncomfortable with the idea of a gay teammate. Um, so what? He voiced a personal opinion and stated something that made him uncomfortable. Lest we forget though, this is America. Someone said something not shedding a 100% positive light on homosexuality. Off with Torii’s head!!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 31, 2012 at 8:22 PM

      Lest we forget though, this is America.

      What does this being America have to do with anything? Are you trying to justify his comments based on a 17-18th century French philosopher (Voltaire?) Or are you making the classic mistake of not understanding what the first amendment says?

  23. xjokerz - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Tigers are mainly Latino …. Get to the back of the line darky

    • historiophiliac - Dec 31, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      Um, Craig? Somebody? Zap that, please?

  24. opshuns - Dec 31, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Stop…. Just one media weisel covering another media slim. Tori is not bias….

  25. opshuns - Dec 31, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Stop…. Just one media weasel covering another media slime. Tori is not bias….

    • manchestermiracle - Jan 2, 2013 at 12:03 AM

      Nah, that’s still as crappy as the first time, even with the spelling corrections. And you still misspelled Torii.

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