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://profile.yahoo.com/GOSAATWFWFNW44QJSFOTOHHZZM Sherman

    then we must give them the same federal rights (insurance,taxes,etc) as we share with our spouses and if we are against that ..we are hateful people….i think we should not be holding hands with our wives, nor kissing in public nor allow to have pictures of our spouses in public..we are trying to shove it down the throats of the gays so it goes both ways Jerome..grow up and travel

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LZPCLBM6MEQET3EYKB7NAJXMGE The Elders of Arisia in Fusion

    Sure it will, Zak. And they will use YOUR “time” argument too.  In the year 2095 they will say:… “hey man, it’s 2095… not 2012! Child Molester rights, man!”

    Just because it is a different YEAR does not mean ANYTHING. Right is RIGHT and wrong is WRONG and that is ETERNAL

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IKWU3HX7263YA42BMIGTIJGAIQ T

    Why doesn’t Torri also have freedom to speak his mind. There should be nothing wrong with respectful disagreements between people. The Bible has things stated by God and things about men of that day. For example, God does not approve of divorce, but there are examples of how to handle a divorce justly. There are 2 sides here, many people still belive that gay is not normal Godly behavior, and you can not use hate or spite at them to change their mind, then you are just as bad as people who hate gays. People should always be allowed to respectfilly disagree, and express their opinions. According to the Bible we should love all men, but speak the truth also, respectfully.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LZPCLBM6MEQET3EYKB7NAJXMGE The Elders of Arisia in Fusion

    So Zak, what exactly IS your Opinion on CHILD MOLESTER RIGHTS?   Remember, in this day and age, there should be NO discrimination.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CXGQOBBII4ZJUGSKDFN25ZRKKM Mike

    Diversity shouldn’t include sociopaths who include murderers, pedophiles, homosexuals and drug addicts.
    Torii just said how he feels: it’s his RIGHT!
    Funny, how homos push their sexual lifestyle on normal people: we don’t make an issue out of OUR sexual preference, and DEMAND that THEY approve. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CXGQOBBII4ZJUGSKDFN25ZRKKM Mike

    How SAD for Torii to lose a gay fan [dripping with sarcasm]!
    Why do gays need to let normal people know their sexual preferences?  Normal people don’t go around telling others “I enjoy heterosexual activities with my spouse.”  We just somehow survive w/out all the DRAMA [and enemas, gerbils, etc.]!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CXGQOBBII4ZJUGSKDFN25ZRKKM Mike

    Men and women will NEVER be equal.  How many women are in the NFL, NBA?  Men don’t waste an hour in the morning watching The View or having pedicures like women.  Women [usually] are much more attractive, which helps perpetuate the human race.  

  • jesse waite

     if its a choice then tell us the day you chose to be straight……..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CXGQOBBII4ZJUGSKDFN25ZRKKM Mike

    No one cares that you’re gay.  Normal people don’t go around, and proclaim their sexual preference, but from now on, they should just say “normal, no fudgepacking.”

  • Realtalk1227

    The issue isn’t about whether he accepts gays or not. That’s his perogative, my issue is that he’s proliferating hate and using god as a shield. Btw, why would you want your child to grow up in a world where it’s ok for people to think that being gay is wrong?

  • Realtalk1227

    I love how you said “normal people” btw, for that much hate, most likely your gay too, just hate yourself to much to accept it. It’s ok, you’ll come to terms with it eventually.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Les-Legato/100003769040209 Les Legato

    Nothing like having some anti-Bible jackass quote it to us. And then of course, in the name of “tolerance” and “diversity” he gets to tell us WHAT NAME WE CAN USE ONLINE.

    You and Larry Brown are morons.

    “Society has progressed when it comes to accepting people for who they are regardless of sexual preference’

    Really, so Larry will be happy when some dog-humping idiot comes to his house and in the name of tolerance says he wants to do little kids as well?

    “regardless of sexual preference’?

    Screw you. I don’t have to accept you baed on who and what you sleep with, stop SWINGING YOUR LITTLE GENITALS IN OUR FACE.

    PS – how comfortable are you with a straight  man in your DAUGHTERS’ LOCKER ROOM WHEN SHE’S NAKED?


    So why are we supposed to be ok with some GAY GUY STARING AT OUR NAKED SONS IN THE LOCKER ROOM?

    Freaks and horn-dogs, get over yourselves, and stop trying to pretend your goal ISN’T THE  DESTRUCTION OF ALL NORMAL VALUES SO ANYTHING GOES.

  • Realtalk1227

    Fine so I respectfully disagree with his agreement of a subject that I disagree upon.

  • Realtalk1227

    Diversity shouldn’t include people like you either, infact there should be a law against people like you spreading their seed.

    If you had a modicum of a brain you would realize how stupid you just sounded.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Les-Legato/100003769040209 Les Legato

    Because Blacks ARE BORN black, there is NO GAY GENE.

    And if there was, you freaks would all of a sudden be pro-life, standing with us “breeders” demanding no parents could abort their kids if they had the “gay gene”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Les-Legato/100003769040209 Les Legato

    “The constitution protects a diverse individual.”


    You probably never READ the Constitution.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Les-Legato/100003769040209 Les Legato

    Since you don’t believe in the bible, WHAT THE HELL DO YOU CARE?

    Go back to your gay porn.

  • Realtalk1227

    It’s a statement like that which is why you’re probably fat and single and living in your mothers basement. Btw, there is a WNBA.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BMXZFBSJ7YMDKVHYKKXDNLI4UE ThomasE

    You are misapplying these scriptures and you fail to understand the context of them. The purpose of the scriptures you quoted from the Greek part of the bible was to admonish all Christians to be obedient to the “older men,” or elders in their perspective congregations. These men were the “masters” mentioned, that were to be given honor as spiritual shepherds in God’s service. They were not as you and others say, slave-owners who owned the members of the congregation as slaves. The bible uses the term “slave” in a few different ways, one must always understand the context and the whys behind the scriptures. Many today equate slavery with the negative and cruel acts of men. With this mindset many read parts of the bible and recoil at the mention of slaves or servants, not considering any distinction of meaning. 

  • Realtalk1227

    Haha. It’s ok Jesse, some people aren’t smart enough to realize that. Btw, are you a lawyer?

  • Realtalk1227

    How can science be biased? Explain to me please. Give me one example.

  • Realtalk1227

    Hey 1600’s call they want their thinking back. I’m just glad that people like you with archaic thinking are losing ground and bodies, so it’s ok think what you want, in a matter of years your ideologies will be a thing of the past.

  • Realtalk1227

    Hey grandpaw people are born gay. Read a book and learn something.

  • Realtalk1227

    13th amendment, 14th amendment and 15th amendment jackass. Btw, do you even know a THING about the constituion?

  • http://www.facebook.com/KitChiLee Jackson Kit Chi Lee

    you big axtromrules – first of all, the 10 commandments never says any word “fags”.  Watch your mouth before you express your opinion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/KitChiLee Jackson Kit Chi Lee

    Hey kzorle – don’t categorize anything and put other ethics into your opinion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/KitChiLee Jackson Kit Chi Lee

    yes, they are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/KitChiLee Jackson Kit Chi Lee

    Hey yo Les Legato – be nice. Bible did not say you can talk to people this way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/KitChiLee Jackson Kit Chi Lee

    You AssurendedLife – Bible also says every person is a sin.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TKDA6X6IEWL6W2SDXSIJGG3XHQ J Blouch

    I hate all of you equally.  This thread make my brain hurt.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Y43Q76JSX3SLR6LCOUDR3ZY4XM icedog1942

    Realtalk1227.  Wow. Your hate filled rant is not very tolerant. That’s what you want from everybody else is it not “Tolerance”. You demand it from everybody who disagrees with you , but refuse to extend it to anybody who dares disagree with you. Also you,should change your moniker to “HATEtalk”. Have a good day if you can.

  • Jonny Loker

    The Bible condemns homosexuality as well as those. Torii doesn’t have to confront everyone who has that lifestyle; he said this because it was hypothetical. And those other examples don’t even relate to Torii, wheras a gay dude would very much relate to him. You’re pretty ignorant!

  • RadicalRighty

    Good gosh – who cares if he lost you as a fan – I bet he just made more than he lost . . .

  • RadicalRighty

    Don’t expect “logic” to apply . . .

  • FDApproved

    God does not condemn homosexual people, Moses did.Christ ended the laws of Moses

  • FDApproved

    Romans 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. God does not condemn homosexual people, Moses did.Christ ended the laws of Moses

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Dolack/769723463 Bill Dolack

    Paul in Romans: ” Even the women turned
    against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each
    other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women,
    burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as
    a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they


    And Jesus
    said, “Have you not read that He Who created them from
    the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall
    leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall
    become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God
    has joined together, let not man separate.” 

  • http://www.facebook.com/Prowl1984 Tom Lund

    wanna bet asshole.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Prowl1984 Tom Lund

    I wish that these f@gs would have stayed in the damn closet where they belong. gay people will never be normal. just because you gays have a child or 2 DOESN’T make you a family. ONE man & One woman with children ARE a family. You gays will always be freaks of nature.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7AFJOEJW3U4GDFZJRIDANVC3M4 Wes

    I wonder if Hunter as, as a self-professed ‘Christian.”

    How does Hunter think those male athletes who are gay manage to keep their heads up, playing against and amongst intolerant people like himself? Unless a gay athlete was making passes at Hunter during game-time, or trying something on in the clubhouse afterwards, why should he care about a team-mate being gay?

    This is just yet another example of an over-paid prima donna wanting more press. “Look at me, I’m as Christian as Tim Tebow! God Loves You, and so do I, but you’re going to Hell if you don’t support my views, but hey it’s all good, now where my $15,000,000 for hitting .276?”

    There’s such a thing as too much honesty. If you’ve got nothing constructive to say, Hunter, then please just keep your homophobic views to yourself.

  • AsurrendedLife

    It is true that there is an end to the Law.  In Romans 1:18-the end of the chapter you will read that those that burn in desire for the same sex (homosexuality) desire death.  Read the chapter and get back with me.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7AFJOEJW3U4GDFZJRIDANVC3M4 Wes

    What about women, did Jesus say it was okay for them to leave their Moms, and become one huge pile of quivering flesh w/ their hubbies?

    That Bible verse doesn’t take certain things into account, like adoption, or the fact some people remain single all their life. Do the single go to Hell for not “holding fast” to a spouse?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7AFJOEJW3U4GDFZJRIDANVC3M4 Wes

    “No one wants to think that a teammate is more focaused on his sexualtiy than doing what he/she is there to do.”

    Yes, because heterosexuals are famous for focusing on sports vs. their sexualities. The papers and the internet are devoid of stories about Tim Tebow concerning his “chastity.” it’s always football this, football that. That NBA player married to Kardashian, all you read about was his exploits on the court.

    Name one story about a gay athlete who’s gayness caused such a stir that his on-field performance was affected, or was all people read about in the sports pages, no matter what they did sports-wise.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7AFJOEJW3U4GDFZJRIDANVC3M4 Wes

    Have you? It’s a long, complex document. Perhaps the poster meant “The Declaration of Independence,” however.

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7AFJOEJW3U4GDFZJRIDANVC3M4 Wes

    Do you live in a cave? Every day we read stories about heterosexuals and their exploits, who’s marrying who, who’s divorcing who, who’s having sex w/ which partner, ad infinitum. What heterosexual needs to proclaim something that’s the “norm” anyway? Might as well be Caucasian and proclaim your skin is fair-hued.

    Homosexuals don’t go around “proclaiming” they are gay to those around them who aren’t, unless pressured to do so or asked by someone who they feel comfortable telling the truth of their sexuality to . It’s called “coming out,” for a reason.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7AFJOEJW3U4GDFZJRIDANVC3M4 Wes

    “Why doesn’t Torri also have freedom to speak his mind?”

    He does, and he did.

    “According to the Bible we should love all men, but speak the truth also, respectfully.”

    By “truth,” many take that to mean “truth as the Bible defines it, not reason and rationality.”

    Do you “love all men?” How about the one who has an affair w/ your spouse? The one who fires you from your job, or murders children in a Connecticut grade-school?

    “Speaking the truth, respectfully” is a typical purple-prose Bible verse that people like Hunter use to spout their ignorant, intolerant views, and then hide behind. “Hey, I was just speaking my Christian mind!” No, you were being a bigot. If you’re uncomfortable, then deal w/ it. Stop saying you’re “uncomfortable” because a 2,000 yr. old book tells you to behave like a twit around a gay athlete (or two, or more) that exists only in your mind right now, but has probably been playing around and beside you for years.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CH7KG3LJLQFQTKTAAKI6DNFL4M TONY

    I do and don’t see the big deal.  All he did was speak HIS truth.  He didn’t pull a Karl Malone and say that he wouldn’t take the field.  He said it would be difficult and uncomfortable.  Now why would the situation be those things?  Because he would be willing to stay there and play.  Everyone isn’t as evolved as society, as far as thinking goes.  Maybe as the that theoretical season played on, it gets less and less difficult and uncomfortable, and we see a little thing called growth.  On the flip side, this is why I absolutely hate religion.  Just remember Torii, if the bible and it’s religious teachings are the root of your uncomfortability and difficulty, then you should have just as big an issue with any non married millionaire in that locker room that has pre marital sex, because your bible and religion say it’s wrong.  You should also have a little forgiveness to ask for, since you clearly would be judging that individual and your bible and relifion say, judge not less yee be judged.  You also get paid millions of dollars to play a game….albeit at a high level, but it’s still a game.  Does that constitute gluttony?

  • Jmo1956

    You are incorrect.
    The polynesions, raised the first boy in every family to be gay. That way the women of the tribe had someone with strenth to help them. That way when they killed  visiting missionaries, someone could carry the body to cook, clean, and eat… TRUE story!!!!!! 

  • Jmo1956

    The Polynesion tribes all raised the first boy in every family to be gay. The women would then have help with any heavy lifting if the men of the tribe were away. That way when they offed all the visting white missionaries , the gay males would be able to carry the bodies back to the village, to be cut – up, cleaned, and cooked. TRUE STORY! PS: you can be uncomfortable  with somone, and not hate them……………………….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7AFJOEJW3U4GDFZJRIDANVC3M4 Wes

    I wonder who asked the question in the first place. Who cared whether Hunter felt “comfortable” or not around a supposed gay team-mate? The intolerant fool has probably played and been friends w/ dozens over the years, and never once realized they were gay.

    Perhaps Hunter would feel more comfortable around a heterosexual Klans member team-mate? If not, why didn’t he mention it? How about  a straight team-mate who walked into the club-house carrying an automatic weapon and sporting a crazed look on his face? Would Hunter say, “Just don’t ask me out, bro!”

    And why have I not been reading story after story about gay Klansmen, gay terrorists, gay politicians robbing us blind, gay people starting bloody and expensive wars all over the world? What makes homosexuals so usually tolerant compared to us “normal” sex-crazed heteros? Such as Torii, father of four children w/ FOUR different women?

    “A man can’t give his honest opinion without being condemned?”

    Absolutely! Just look at all the tolerance and understanding on this message board for other people’s opinions. Makes my heart glow to read comments from people who care so much about the Bible, they don’t care who reads it and for what purpose, as long as those oh-so-relevant today words are read.