A professional baseball player says he’d be uncomfortable playing alongside an openly gay teammate because it would conflict with his religious values.
In an L.A. Times article on gay athletes in pro sports, Detroit Tigers right fielder Torri Hunter said, “For me, as a Christian … I will be uncomfortable [with a gay teammate] because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it’s not right. It will be difficult and uncomfortable.”
As a Major League player, Hunter plays against and alongside men who abuse drugs and sleep with prostitutes, who been arrested for drunk driving and spousal abuse, and done God knows what else. B
But that doesn’t seem to interfere with his comfort levels.
Hunter’s not exactly a bastion of multicultural tolerance. In a panel on African-Americans in baseball, he announced black Latinos didn’t “count.”
“People see dark faces out there, and the perception is that they’re African-American. They’re not us. They’re impostors…
As African-American players, we have a theory that [owners] can go get an imitator and pass them off as us. It’s like they had to get some kind of dark faces, so they go to the Dominican or Venezuela because you can get them cheaper.”
Then again, Hunter doesn’t feel comfortable around anyone, does he?
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