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Torii Hunter would be "uncomfortable" with gay teammate


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Ehh, this article sounds like a hack job imo. Hunter states he would find it "difficult and uncomfortable" but Hunter doesn't say he wouldn't be supportive (which is implied by the writer). In all honesty, I'm sure a ton of athletes would find it "difficult and uncomfortable". That's the reality of the culture (and I don't think it's really a religious thing as it is an athlete thing).

Maybe Hunter should just be smart enough to keep his mouth shut on the subject, but how do you begin to have a dialogue on these things when you have an author like this (seemingly) distorting what Hunter said and preaching his own agenda.

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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."

There's no possible context in which that quote could be anything other than an anti-homosexual statement. Unless the author asked him "If you were against homosexual rights, how would you answer this question?"

I have no problem with him having an opinion though, even if I disagree with it. 'Murica

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Chances are pretty good that, after more than a decade in the majors, he has had a gay teammate, and just didn't know it.

Agree with ^

Hunter would have been better served by simply saying, "next question". He'll probably get some heckling from the stands for his comments.

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Chances are pretty good that, after more than a decade in the majors, he has had a gay teammate, and just didn't know it.

He probably has. Further, he wasn't uncomfortable because the teammate was in the closet. Sounds like he would only be uncomfortable with an "openly gay" teammate.

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He says he was mis-quoted:

"I’m very disappointed in Kevin Baxter’s article in which my quotes and feelings have been misrepresented. He took two completely separate quotes and made them into one quote that does not express how I feel as a Christian or a human being . I have love and respect for all human beings regardless of race, color or sexual orientation. I am not perfect and try hard to live the best life I can and treat all people with respect. If you know me you know that I am not anti anything and to be portrayed as anti-gay in this article is hurtful and just not true."

Link: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/31/torii-hunter-says-he-was-misquoted/related/

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I got the feeling this article was already written before Hunter was even interviewed. Guy was just looking for a name to plug in.

Good looking out, internet tough guy. Do you denigrate people's professionalism based on nothing to their face or only anonymously over the internet?

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He says he was mis-quoted:

"I’m very disappointed in Kevin Baxter’s article in which my quotes and feelings have been misrepresented. He took two completely separate quotes and made them into one quote that does not express how I feel as a Christian or a human being . I have love and respect for all human beings regardless of race, color or sexual orientation. I am not perfect and try hard to live the best life I can and treat all people with respect. If you know me you know that I am not anti anything and to be portrayed as anti-gay in this article is hurtful and just not true."

Link: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/31/torii-hunter-says-he-was-misquoted/related/

This pretty much confirms what I thought. I hate the current nature of journalism.

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