New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is killing it in the postseason with five home runs in seven games, but he may soon be regretting some homophobic comments he made when he was less well-known.
During an interview with NJ Advance Media, Murphy had this to say about Major League Baseball Ambassador For Inclusion Billy Bean, who, back in 1999, became the first major league player to come out publicly:
“I disagree with his lifestyle. I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him. I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect. Getting to know him. That, I would say, you can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent.”
With the emergence of out players like Michael Sam and Robbie Rogers, sports organizations are trying to be more inclusive of gay players, and Murphy has been called out by Deadspin and other big names in sports media.
While there have been some rumors about Murphy possibly becoming a Yankee after his Mets contract is up, we wouldn’t bet on it.