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Torii Hunter: Having Gay Teammate Would Be ‘Difficult’

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ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 10: Torii Hunter #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during batting practice for the fame with the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 10, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 10: Torii Hunter #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during batting practice for the fame with the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 10, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times has written an insightful piece on the life of the gay athlete in professional sports. As part of his reporting, Baxter sought out comments from a number of straight athletes on the subject, and here’s how he summarized his conversation with veteran Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter:

Like in the New England Patriots’ locker room. 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.”

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