Torii Hunter Says Having A Gay Teammate Would Be Difficult And Uncomfortable


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Homosexuality is a topic that is discussed and debated on a daily basis.  The one place where it gets swept under the rug or avoided is the sports world.

For years there has been the ongoing stigma that no well-known homosexual athlete from a major sport would ever come out the closet.

Boxer Orlando Cruz has had the guts to do it recently, but that’s about it.  One of the reason many athletes who are would never think of being openly homosexual is because of comments like the ones Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter made recently.

Larry Brown Sports is reporting that Hunter who has always been considered a good guy and lockerroom leader was asked about the topic recently by L.A. Times, and responded by saying having a gay teammate would be “difficult and uncomfortable.”

“For me, as a Christian … I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it’s not right,” Hunter told the Times. “It will be difficult and uncomfortable.”

To each his own in this day and time.  I think there are more pressing issues in society to focus on besides whether your teammate likes men or not.

As long as he doesn’t come onto you, it shouldn’t be a problem.

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  1. I don’t think the black community is very sympathetic to gay rights, and perhaps Torii’s statements will shed some much needed light on the topic. It’s a very interesting dynamic, and one worthy of discussion. I am glad to see people talking about this in a civil manner on websites just like this one, and I really hope that people look in their hearts and truly admit that Hunter is on the wrong side of things here. It’s amazing how quickly we forget about “Colored Drinking Fountains” – how ridiculous was that??? And blacks and whites couldn’t swim in the same pool because people thought the water would be tainted – that’s insane!!! I believe that the black community needs to think more reasonably about the gay question, in particular, because of those things. It’s tough, black people didn’t ask to be at the center of this controversy, but considering the history of discrimination in this country, their voices might be heard louder than the rest. Happy New Year to all, best in 2013.

  2. Some white people are uncomfortable with sharing a locker room with an openly black man. Does that mean Torii should not be able to play on a team with whites?

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