Torii Hunter made headlines a few months ago when he said having an openly gay teammate would be ”difficult and uncomfortable.” One of his fellow Detroit Tigers feels very differently.
Justin Verlander told CNN’s Carol Costello on Tuesday that he would “absolutely” be accepting of an openly gay teammate. The Cy Young winner also took it a step further, saying that he doesn’t believe the Tigers locker room would be threatening place for a gay player.
“Yeah, I don’t see why not, given the right situation, and a team that’s a family atmosphere, and I feel like we have that atmosphere here,” Verlander said. “I don’t think one of our players would be scared to come out. We got 25 guys, it’s a family, and our goal is to win a World Series. What your sexual orientation is, I don’t see how that affects the ultimate goal of our family.”
An active player in the four major professional sports has yet to come out as gay, but Verlander says he’s certain there are gay players on current major league rosters.
“I’m sure there are,” he said. “I think as with any sport, a gay player would be hesitant to come out, but the sheer number says there absolutely is.”
Detroit Tigers pitcher Dustin Verlander met Arnold Palmer on Tuesday and wasn't going to let the opportunity to take a photo with the golf legend pass him by:
Met Arnold Palmer today...and had to get a photo with one of the greatest golf icons of all time #legend twitter.com/JustinVerlande…— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) March 5, 2013
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Justin Verlander just admitted something for the first time. The ace of the Detroit Tigers has accomplished a lot in his career. M.V.P and Cy Young Awards. Being the starting pitcher in an All-Star game. Pitching numerous times in the World Series. Oh, and don’t forget two no-hitters. One of the things that the Tigers [...]
A few months back, shortly after signing with the Detroit Tigers, Torii Hunter made the controversial statement that it would be “difficult and uncomfortable” having an openly gay teammate. But the truth of the matter is pretty simple, there are gay players in MLB locker rooms as we speak, just as there are throughout collegiate and professional sports. Hunter’s teammate, Justin...
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Torii Hunter hit his first home run with the Detroit Tigers, Justin Verlander allowed one hit in four innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Wednesday.
Hunter, who left the Los Angeles Angels as a free agent last winter, homered off Blue Jays reliever Michael Schwimer. The homer raised Hunter's spring batting average to .261....
Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander sat down with CNN's Carol Costello to talk money, gay rights and more. Verlander was asked about the comments he made about the $200 million contract, his response: "They got taken out of
SIGNED/RESIGNED: Torii Hunter (OF), Brayan Pena (C), Anibal Sanchez (P)
TRADED FOR: None
Delmon Young (OF), Gerald Laird (C), Ryan Raburn (2B),
Projected Divisional Standing
First in AL Central
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