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Jorge Cantu got in trouble for retweeting racist things

May 20, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

Jorge Cantu AP

You remember Jorge Cantu, right? He had one pretty decent year with the Rays about a decade ago, bounced around and last played in the majors in 2011. After a stint in Mexico he’s playing in the KBO. And the only reason we’re hearing about him now is because he got into Twitter Trouble.

Seems he retweted what was, in effect, a “Koreans all look alike joke” in which one person’s face was photoshopped onto different bodies and you’re supposed to try to tell the people apart. From the Korea Times:

The 32-year-old former Major League player immediately removed the posting since it started to draw strong criticism on the Internet. Later, he said he had no intention of making racist comments through the post.

But Internet users strongly criticized his careless action, and it was disappointing news for his fans, who have praised his impressive performance and contributions to the team.

His actual apology said that he meant to delete the tweet but accidentally retweeted it. Which, well, that’s not how Twitter works, but go with what you feel, Jorge.

In other news, when you’re 32 and you’re playing for $250K in Korea, you probably don’t have many more chances left, so perhaps it’s a good idea not to offend the people who give you one.

  1. tfbuckfutter - May 20, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    To be fair, a lot of people have trouble discerning between the facial characteristics of races different than their own.

    I, for one, can’t tell the difference between Jorge and The Thing just based on their faces.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 20, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      It’s true. To this day I still have trouble discerning Sidney Poitier from Lucy Liu.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 20, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        I’m just waiting to see if Hideki Irabu continues his early season tear for the Yankees tonight.

      • sportsfan18 - May 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM

        Well, in Good Morning Vietnam, Robin Williams had troubling finding that woman he liked… he said there she goes, there she goes again, and there she goes again…

        For those that haven’t seen the show, he was in the Army and he fell for a lady over there and when he went out in town, there were MANY local ladies and he was saying they all looked alike…

    • yahmule - May 20, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      To be even more fair, South Koreans spend more money on plastic surgery (primarily to look alike) than any other country on earth.

      They would be far better off breaking themselves of this incredibly shallow and emotionally self destructive obsession than the mindless tweets of some washed up jock.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 20, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        Apparently the talent portion of the beauty contest in that link involved a whole lot of Winnie Cooper impersonations.

      • yahmule - May 20, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        How could an entire country decide on one face?

      • paperlions - May 20, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        Brazilian women also do this, only, they are all trying to have the same boobs.

  2. cbosa - May 20, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    This guy sucked, basically a never was.

    • sportsfan18 - May 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      even those who ONLY get a “cup of coffee” in the big leagues are incredibly talented baseball players…

      he had much more than just a cup of coffee in the bigs…

    • don444 - May 23, 2014 at 3:41 AM

      To characterize Cantu (a .271 career batting avg. in more than 800 games is a stat line many ex-MLB players would be more than happy to trade places with) as a “never was who sucked” is to overstate the case by a wide margin and serves mainly to illuminate both your poor judgment and your ignorance on a subject you would obviously have been better off not commenting on.

  3. scatterbrian - May 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Are you sure that’s Jorge Cantu? I thought that was Julio Lugo….but then those dudes all look the same.

    • don444 - May 23, 2014 at 3:51 AM

      What “dudes” are those exactly given that Cantu is Mexican and Lugo is Dominican? Perhaps this was a misguided and asinine attempt on your part to slander Latinos in general? Who knows, maybe those two feel all dumb-asses look alike. Somehow not surprising how quick scatterbrian can morph into scatterbrain.

      • scatterbrian - May 23, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        Former Tampa Bay middle infielders, obviously.

    • don444 - May 30, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      lol Nice try, but no. I still feel that was an asinine attempt on your part to slander much more broadly than that. Be a man about admitting it in future if you just have to hurl needless insults.

  4. El Bravo - May 20, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Cant U See? You and me! Are meant to be togetherrrrrrr….(90s R&B yall…bad boy bad boy…i thought i told that we won’t stop…eh eh ….eh eh)

    • don444 - May 23, 2014 at 3:53 AM

      ?? Thanks for that bit of idiocy… IDIOT.

  5. raysfan1 - May 20, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    … Or, as we called him except in 2005: Jorge Cannot.
    To be fair, he had a decent 2008 with the Marlins too.

    • don444 - May 23, 2014 at 3:59 AM

      lol Not hard to imagine a bunch of mindless Devil Ray fans sitting around and taking a month to come up with that back in the summer of 2005. Ah, the memories!

  6. barrywhererufrom - May 20, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    What a tool..

  7. seanwasamarine - May 20, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    I didn’t know the PC police was in Asia too.

    • don444 - May 23, 2014 at 3:34 AM

      Cantu needs to find something better to do with his down time than to expose his dimness by making needless off-color Korean references, but then, I’m guessing there’s much you simply don’t know. Not enough hours in the day to help you with the balance of your ignorance but at least in this particular instance now you DO know.

  8. renaado - May 20, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Hope the Hanwha Eagles fans there in Daejeon gets in your nerves Cantu, may you and your Doosan get sweep in that series this May 23rd.

  9. mikhelb - May 20, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Hahahahs but it is true, we are not accostumed to discern between faces of different races than those we grew up watching.

    • don444 - May 23, 2014 at 3:36 AM

      Whatever, a thoroughly lame defense on your part to say the least.

  10. genericcommenter - May 20, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    This reminds me of a post on a Yankees blog while they were pursuing Tanaka. Someone posted a pic of Tanaka as a kid with a bunch of other Japanese players and a bunch of guys said “they all look alike”, even though they all had completely different looking and shaped heads and faces. I mean one guy could have been Phillip Seymour Hoffman and the guy next to him could have been Jim Parsons, they looked so different. Yet when I pointed this out a whole bunch of people claimed they sincerely could not tell any of the guys apart.

  11. billyhp99 - May 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    See the picture Cantu retweeted.

    The narrow eyes are composited.

    And one of the questions written in Spanish is “who is sleeping?”

    It’s not a joke for Koreans.

  12. jaturso - May 21, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    I think the more important question is, “Jorge Cantu has followers on Twitter? Really?”

  13. don444 - May 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    32? Hmm, would have thought the helmet-challenged Cantu was closer to 42. I’ve long felt Twitter, as much as anything else, is a conduit for already-dumb people to publicly express their lack of intelligence more widely and more expediently. Sadly, given the largely shallow world we live in one gets the distinct feeling most simply don’t mind that very much if they’re even aware of it.

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