Torii Hunter: Gay teammate would be ‘difficult and uncomfortable’

Society has progressed when it comes to accepting people for who they are regardless of sexual preference, but sports locker rooms are still a place that have a ways to go.

Boxer Orlando Cruz recently revealed that he is gay, but there has yet to be an NFL, MLB, or NBA player who has come out while he was playing. Houston Texans running back Arian Foster feels people are more accepting these days and doesn’t think it will be much longer before a football player comes out. Athletes who were considering making such a bold move might think again after reading Torii Hunter’s comments.

Hunter is a four-time All-Star and has played in the majors since 1997. He was considered a clubhouse leader with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels, and he told the Los Angeles Times that having a gay teammate would be “difficult and uncomfortable.”

“For me, as a Christian … I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it’s not right,” Hunter told the Times. “It will be difficult and uncomfortable.”

Kevin Baxter, who wrote a lengthy piece for the Times on gays in sports, described Hunter as saying that a gay teammate could divide a team.

It’s a disappointing view from someone who seems to be so great at uniting his teammates. One would think that players would accept a teammate no matter what if the player helped them win games. Perhaps Hunter would change his mind if he learned that one of his past teammates was gay, or if a prominent player came out.

Even though many NFL players have recently said they would not have a problem with a gay teammate, the comments of Hunter and someone like Falcons receiver Roddy White tells us there would still be plenty of skepticism.

UPDATE: Hunter says he was misquoted by the writer.

H/T Eye on Baseball
Photo credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

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  • http://twitter.com/AngelFanForever Patty Felker

    Well, Torii just lost me as a big fan.  It’s disappointing to read this coming from him.  

  • Lawman693

    Ifind it uplifting that any person is willing to stand up and state for the record that his Christian beliefs guide him. God bless him.

  • http://twitter.com/PeanutButterBJ Peanut ButterBJ

    Disappointing???? How about giving the guy some credit for not shying away and being honest whether you agree with or not.. The guy has been around forever and knows how to deal with tough questions and its nice to hear an unscripted answer

  • Lawman693

    You stop being a fan because he spoke the truth? Wow

  • Chase Walsh

    Yeah and my biblical teachings tell me that I don’t give a %$^$ what Torii Hunter thinks.  Just swing a bat and run the bases.

  • Alexander Perez

    It was a sad day when the media took a hold of the purity of sports. A man’s opinion is simply that. 

  • Zak Billmeier

    What if a white player was of the opinion that all his black teammates were n—–s? How is that any different? Being honest doesn’t make you right. People are people. If the Bible says something else, then the Bible is dead wrong. Hunter’s being honest, sure, but it doesn’t make him a hero. It makes him a bigot.

  • carl j.

    Where can I buy a Torii Hunter jersey? Since when is it grounds for excoriation when you state a benign opinion?  Oh, when it is concerning the pervasive gay movement!  Glad there wont be any in God’s Heaven.  Maybe yours, but not His. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OBIAVW7F3WME473F7IWZUKFPBA HEIDMM

    Gay means happy, call them homosexuals.  Look it up in the dictionary.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DTMITWPP6ENDJAZMRTKIZSCW7M kdawg

    Using your “Christian” beliefs is a copout. Do you wash your hands after going to the bathroom?  If not, I cannot accept you as a person…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5ETANWPMCLDY4IORWCLPDWBAP4 Rod

    Torii is now my favorite player!  No pedophiles and no gays in the work place!

  • mkdogzzzz

    Zak – someday you are going to find out how DEAD WRONG you are! Sad… go Tori! MOST “MEN” WOULD FEEL THE EXACT SAME WAY!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ted.smith.7509 Ted Smith

    You asked his opinion, he gave it. Leave him alone. Yours is just an opinion too…though you think it is more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick.little.54 Rick Little

    the bible states it in the book of numbers and dueteromy men or not to lay with men and the same for women
    . and the bible has never been proved wrong on anything …. test it

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.bullock.921 John Bullock

    God bless Tori Hunter for being true to the Word of God  and standing up for his convictions.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BXW3VDPRVQMMRDRE3IR7YJUQVI Phillip

    yep, me too….too bad people can’t learn to use those brains god gave em

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JIMZEJEMALMVY6YE3G54GIBTNM hockeyman

    So much for free speech … 1 john 4 … they are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick.little.54 Rick Little

    the bible states it in the book of numbers and dueteromy men or not to lay with men and the same for women . and the bible has never been proved wrong on anything …. test it

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W4URVX2AFXHIKJ2ZF7PVKDRJOY Meangrl

    I’d bet money that Hunter does not live his life as the Bible says he should. He just uses the scriptures that are convenient for him. Hypocrite. Saying how HE feels doesn’t make him right.

  • Realtalk1227

    You are so stupid. You call yourself LAWMAN yet you make comments like that? Well I guess you probably grew up in some hick-town out in Alabama and were never exposed to diversity. I love how people like you think homosexuality is so wrong cause god says it so, yet you partake in other activities that is forbidden in the bible (drinking), btw the bible says that slavery is ok and that man and woman will never be equal as well, and that you can beat your wife, but knowing and reading comments from you I can tell you have no shame and probably parttake or agree with all those acitivities, do us all a favor and shut-up and keep your negative comments about others to yourself. 
    Also, remove the moniker of Lawman doesn’t fit you.

  • Realtalk1227

    I agree.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZPPGS3ZDOBQZMKUMDA2P5LEN7Q cubby

     He just got me for a fan,, I wouldn’t want to be in the showes with a /f@/g/ either

  • Realtalk1227

    God also says not to hate, so I guess you wont be in heaven either. Good, cause people like you dont belong there.

  • Braveheart1967

    sounds like you’re the bigot, hating Tori Hunter for his beliefs! Last I checked, there still is freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. But I’m sure you liberals will get around to changing those as soon as you’re done with the second amendment.

  • TRBear

    Wow, aman can’t even have an opinion any more, I like Chocolate Cake and piza. Americans are so soft skinned anymore it is rediculous. If we don’t toughen up r future generans are going to be a bunch of pansies. Let it go. We all have opinions.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2ZRNFZRDLWV5SAY4G4MNGNWP7U Swagger

    Good for Tori. If thats the way you feel thanks for having the guts to say it. Even though the liberal media will make a big deal out of it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.giuffre1 Joe Giuffre

    I personally would feel uncomfortable with a black teamate because as a christian they are slaves and inferior, and as a non christian he would make me uncomfortable because of the Christian history of killing people of other religions and finally he would make me uncomfortable because I dont like being around bigots.

  • Realtalk1227

    No comment.

  • jesse waite

     Does he ,or you for that matter, not speak  to or look at menstruating women as is directed two verses before the man lay with a man verse?

    LEV. 18:19
    Also thou shalt not
    approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart
    for her uncleanness.

    If not then your a hypocrite, a cherry picker, or a mindless sheep.
    Which is it?

    Please tell us lawman, how do you broach the subject of menstration to any female you see?

    Something tells me you dont. I think you are going to h*ll.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.schafer.140 Michael Schafer

    The bible says that someone in Jesus’ time will still be alive when he returns. Where is this 2000 year old person? The bible, having been written in the bronze age is wrong about a LOT of things. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-Boques/100001701578087 Jack Boques

    Thank God someone is willing to tell all of the queers that what they’re doing is wrong.

  • http://twitter.com/jtrier1 The Donger

    An opinion isn’t truth, never has been.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IGYDFDQWVCWXU4J5DFXJ7T5P3Y me

    who cares

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/DeVion-Xavier-Hinton/1161943623 DeVion Xavier Hinton

    Is he not allowed to answer the question the way he feels?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IGYDFDQWVCWXU4J5DFXJ7T5P3Y me

    You have obviously never read the Bible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.schafer.140 Michael Schafer

    Intolerance of intolerance isn’t nearly as bad as bigotry. It’s like saying that hating a slave owner is impeding his belief system.

  • Xzamilio

    Biullshit….Science alaready provd that the biblical account of creation was wrong, as it is impossible for plant life to exist before the sun…or for our planet to exist before the star it orbits

  • Braveheart1967

    God bless Torii Hunter!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.schafer.140 Michael Schafer

    Should he kill witches? Kill his children if they disobey? Good Christians who are literal followers of the bible should.

  • http://www.facebook.com/donald.lyon.568 Donald Lyon

    At least he does not hate black and Hispanic people, because that would have ended his career

  • ScottnNYC

    Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion but no one has the right to discriminate. As we all know, there was a time when black players weren’t allowed in major league baseball. Thankfully, we moved beyond that and I’m sure we will one day move beyond the overt homophobia in major league sports.  Hunter is narrow-minded and his views should not influence any ballplayer considering coming out and being true to he is. And, please….just play baseball, for pete’s sake!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BXW3VDPRVQMMRDRE3IR7YJUQVI Phillip

    hmmm another “christian” spreading hate…..surprise, surprise….I hear that god’s letting people into heaven who have hate filled hearts too….oh wait, maybe it was the other way around. Ah who knows….just keep doin what you’ve been doin, I’m sure you’ll find out when you’re standing at those pearly gates. God Bless

  • Braveheart1967

    Realtalk, the hate you spew just illuminates what a hypocrite you really are, and how stupiod you are as well. Better not throw stones, cause you live in a glass house moron.

  • carl j.

    God hates,  – your contrary opinion.  I can point you to the verse, but you don’t want to believe.  You are right, I don’t belong, and neither do you.  I’m sure I’ll be there, though!  What about you?!

  • Zak Billmeier

    Rick, I’m just curious – how would you explain the dinosaurs or carbon dating? Do you think that the Earth simply appeared 6000 years ago? I’m sorry to be the one to say it, but the burden of proof really lies with you on this one.

  • CuteTV

    There is NO god… But gay people REALLY exist! You mindless sheep, that gather with your weak minded freinds and family,on Sunday mornings, need to get lives and live in the REAL world!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/64YTWF55GI7LDGHBM2FWEEXE6A TAB

    What I find funny is he is a black man & not so long he would have made every one uncomfortable and not been welcomed to the locker room. He would have used a separate entrance, a black only own water fountain & many other things. He needs to think about what he is saying. Oh BTW this was also done in the name of religion.. HYPOCRITES! 

  • ScottnNYC

    Let’s just hope that our future generations spell a lot better than TRBear!!!  Not to mention the fact that he equates liking chocolate cake and pizza to discrimination.

  • Xzamilio

    I find it ironic that any black man would align himself with a religion that was used to justify slavery…as it is condoned and outlined in the same bible that he claims to learn from….

  • axtromrules

    wow you can quote the old test, have you read the new one