Originally posted on Hall of Very Good  |  Last updated 4/15/14

In December 1999, John Rocker’s now infamous interview with Jeff Pearlman hit the pages of Sports Illustrated and it didn’t take long for Hank Aaron to take notice. “To be honest with you, I was very sick and disgusted with the whole situation,” the Atlanta Braves legend said.  “For someone in the situation of Mr. Rocker to make those statements is ridiculous.  I have no place in my heart for that.” Now, nearly 15 years later…Rocker is fighting back.  Thank God for the internet! Well, after reading what Aaron recently had to say about Republicans and  those who disagree with President Obama, allow me to take the home run king’s  words and put them in my own mouth: “To be honest with you, I’m very sick and disgusted with the whole situation.  For someone in the situation of Mr. Aaron to make those statements is  ridiculous. I have no place in my heart for that.” What was it Aaron said? That’s right, he compared Republicans that oppose  President Barack Obama’s ruinous policies and agenda to Ku Klux Klan members. He  blamed Republicans for hindering Obama’s job performance, telling  USA Today: “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black  president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of  the Republicans with the way he’s treated. “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have  neckties and starched shirts.” Frankly, I’m not even sure where to start with this one other than to point out that it’s interesting Rocker still refers to Aaron as the “home run king”.  Then again, when you’re stuck in the time warp he seemingly is…Hammerin’ Hank just might still be king. This is the part where you should just go read what Rocker penned for WorldNetDaily.  Seriously, I could break it down piece by piece, but, really…just go read it. You back? Okay.  Here’s my favorite/least favorite part, dude ends his blatherings by quoting, of all people, wait for it…Martin Luther King Jr. As the great Martin Luther King Jr. said in his famous speech, “… they will not  be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” –  one of the most powerful quotes spoken in the history of this great country.  At  times I feel that the more America seems to be changing for the better I realize  the more it’s actually the same. You know…that “famous speech” of his.  If only it had a name.  I mean, if only one could dream up a title for it. Oy.

This article first appeared on Hall of Very Good and was syndicated with permission.

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