Torii Hunter is one of the most respected players in all of major League Baseball. He has always been an ideal teammate and citizen and leader for every team he played for, leading the Detroit Tigers to sign him to a two year deal this offseason worth $26 million. He is looking forward to playing with the likes of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander.
Of course, that is because they are all straight.
Hunter said that it would be difficult for him to deal with an openly gay teammate.
According to Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times, who wrote an article on openly gay professional athletes, he summarized his interview with Hunter the following way, as he also interviewed straight athletes to get their opinions of what it would be like to play with an openly homosexual teammate in this day and age.
This is how Baxter wrote his piece concerning the newest Tigers’ acquisition.
“Like in the New England Patriots’ locker room,” Baxter wrote.. “Earlier this season linebacker Brandon Spikes sent out a tweet claiming to be homophobic “just like I’m arachnophobic. I have nothing against homosexuals or spiders but I’d still scream if I found one in my bathtub.”
Spikes later said he was joking. But former Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, among baseball’s most thoughtful and intelligent players, isn’t kidding when he says an “out” teammate could divide a team.
“For me, as a Christian … I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it’s not right,” he says. “It will be difficult and uncomfortable.”
While this may surprise many, anyone who knows how Christian athletes truly feel will not be shocked by Hunter’s comments. While many may not have the guts to speak honestly about their true feelings, as they would fear what it would do to their image, Hunter came out and spoke the truth.
He just hopes that any of the teammates will not come out with something different in Detroit.
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