Torii Hunter: Homophobic Story ‘Hurtful And Not True’
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) The Tigers’ newest star Torii Hunter is considered one of the most “thoughtful and intelligent” players in baseball, according to the Los Angeles Times.
And he allegedly thinks a gay player on his team — or any team — would be wrong.
“For me, as a Christian … I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it’s not right,” Hunter said, according to a Times’ article featuring homophobia in pro sports. “It will be difficult and uncomfortable.”
Hunter took to Twitter over the New Year’s holiday to refute the story, writing, “Don’t believe everything you read, misleading and way out of context.” The 37-year-old former Angels’ outfielder inked a two-year, $26 million deal with the Tigers in November.
He also said his feelings were “misrepresented,” writing, “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.”
Notably, there are no openly gay players in pro hockey, baseball, basketball or football.
So, what do you think: Should Hunter’s conservative Christian views be used against him?