Torii Hunter returned to the organization that gave him his inital start in the big leagues, but the reintroductory press conference didn’t go as well.
Hunter, at a press conference Wednesday announcing his one-year contract to return to the Twins, bristled when beat reporter Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press asked about his endorsement of an Arkansas politician who shares Hunter’s stance against same-sex marriage.
Hunter referred to Berardino as a prick, four different times.
“No. I mean, nah. There’s nothing to talk about,” Hunter said, according to ESPN. “You already know, so why keep talking about it? I said it. It is what it is. No, I’m not going to talk about it if you bring it up. It’s not even baseball related. We can do that later, when I retire. Then I’ll tell you the truth — everything.”
After several seconds, Hunter dropped four “pricks” on Berardino over his persistent line of questioning.
“Hey, Mike is kind of a prick, huh? No, seriously, you’re a prick, man,” Hunter said. “I don’t even know you. You’re a prick. Seriously. Ain’t nothing wrong with that man, that’s your job. He’s definitely a prick, though.”