Torii Hunter Says His Anti-Gay Comments Were Taken Out Of Context

12/31/12 in MLB   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

Sep 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels right fielder Torii Hunter (48) bats during the game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark. The Angels beat the Rangers 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY SportsA recent article in the LA Times quoted former Angel Torii Hunter as having made some anti-gay comments. He said, “For me, as a Christian … I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it’s not right. It will be difficult and uncomfortable.”

Being a gay player in the current sports culture is still considered a taboo thing, and Hunter isn't the athlete who has expressed concerns like this, but it is still a surprising thing to say. It's especially odd since there is already an issue with religious intolerance of gay people.

However, Torii said that his comments were taken out of context and that the writer of the article mashed two of his quotes together. The baseball player took to his Twitter and said:

“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.”

This definitely puts him back in a better light, but the question is, why did he say it? What could the question have been to have gotten this response from him, which apparently means something much different than it means at face value?

Torii then engaged in some back and forth with Twitter followers. It went:

 

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