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Detroit Tigers’ Torii Hunter: A gay teammate would be ‘uncomfortable’

Monday, December 31, 2012

Detroit Tigers’ right fielder Torii Hunter is making headlines for telling the Los Angeles Times he believes an openly gay teammate would make him “uncomfortable.”

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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,” the former Los Angeles Angels outfielder told the Times. “It will be difficult and uncomfortable.”

The remarks come as part of a Times sports feature that examines why no active player in the NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL has ever come out as gay.

About 4,000 players spent time on active rosters in the NBA, NHL, NFL and Major League Baseball in 2012. With the best estimates of the gay/bisexual population in U.S. ranging from 2 percent to 10 percent, it’s likely many of those 4,000 athletes are gay or bisexual, according to the Times.

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23 more reader comments:

  1. Says more about you than a gay teammate. You insecure douche

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:09pm
  2. total douche!

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:09pm
  3. In order 2 be uncomfortable, Mr. Hunter would have 2 be insecure w/in his own sexuality, he already has gay teamates!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:10pm
  4. You stupid fuck.

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:11pm
  5. It frustrates me most when black athletes make these statements. Don’t they realize how FEW years ago it was that people made these same statements but about them? It’s like the moment some people get a leg up in this world, they use it to kick the guy next to them down.

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:11pm
  6. Moron

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:16pm
  7. Well if you are uncomfortable that is your problem! You do not have to agree just treat that person with respect…Oh didn’t Jesus say love one another…oh wait..unless of course you are gay….I do not believe in bigotry…so I might be uncomfortable having you on my team as well. Live up to your faith. As a non Christian I find it extremely easy to accept people for their differences…really…what is your real issue? Those that are uncomfortable usually have difficulty with their shadow side because the external reflects something internal (according to Freud and Jung). Just sayin!

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:18pm
  8. They all think they are so hot….lol

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:21pm
  9. It sounds like someone is insecure with there sexuality?

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:21pm
  10. Nicole, thank you. That was my next statement

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:22pm
  11. Maybe he has a little “sugar in his tank” and might be tempted! Fuck face!

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:24pm
  12. Sorry he’s uncomfortable. He can get therapy for that.

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:26pm
  13. Maybe its time for him to retire.

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:27pm
  14. A black man has the balls to say that??? Unreal.

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:36pm
  15. From Detroit area, huge Detroit fan, very disappointed-everyone needs to find a way to stop kicking anyone below them and get their own self esteem and security up to par.

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:42pm
  16. Why would that be uncomfortable

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:42pm
  17. Kind of funny how so called “christians” are taught what’s right and wrong is the non accepting side and non christians are so much more loving and accepting.

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:43pm
  18. I’m a huge Tigers Fan, but this guys a douche!

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:43pm
  19. Hey, guess what dude? You know that people are STILL making comments like that about black people? You of all people should know what it feels like to be treated as a second class citizen. Give your teammate a hand, not a diss. And besides, if you did have a gay teammate, homeboy probably has a boyfriend hotter than you, so he’s not looking your way.

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:51pm
  20. I have one word for you Torii: IGNORANCE

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 1:33pm
  21. How prejudiced.

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 1:47pm
  22. Why??????

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 3:19pm
  23. He’s probably one of “those” guys that thinks they are god’s gift to…anyone. GET OVER YOURSELF!!! Joaquian said it just right!^^^ Wow, what a disgrace!

    Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 4:10pm