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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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  • rjcool

    Fool, a Christian is the belief in CHRIST and because you are a christian, it does not mean that you are a practicing one.  Get the facts before speaking and don’t allow yourself to be a FOOL!

  • taijen

    Yes, please do! It’s always fun to read other’s personal interpretations of Scripture – the narrow minded beliefs are also very intertaining! What say you?

  • taijen

    OMG – R U 4Real? to repeat the question asked earlier – plse provide the day/time/place that u became straight?

  • NeverVoteDemoncrat

     You’re an idiot, Wes!
    Why is it so important today to “tell the world” about your sexuality.  It’s your business, keep it to yourself!  Hetero’s don’t make it there goal in life to shove there sexuality down Homos throats or to even talk about it.  That’s bedroom talk for the bedroom.  As a christian I know that the (homosexual) act itself is the sin, not necessarily the person who has same-sex feelings, but doesn’t act upon those sinful desires.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wayne42 Wayne Griffin

    why is that the bible is our way of life the terrorist have there on bible so are they wrong for doing what they believe in the bible is a book someone wrote and people or cult followed it was waco okay because they believed in there own god what about people who have ten wives thats there believe so why is it that the bible is always write

  • http://www.facebook.com/wayne42 Wayne Griffin

     so god having kids born deformed is christian like right god is just a word the bible is just a book i believe in higher power but not all of there believes come on people the bible is how old its 2013 get with the program what if i write a newer testament and call it bible my way and get millions of followers am i a god then get real people everybody has someone in their family that isnt perfect your preist molest boys but thats okay if their was a god that wouldnt happen im out

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KOX5KRW63QS77R2FCQMHMG6WNA Nicholas

    slavery is in the world because of man’s sin. just like sickness or disease or anger, and even the act of homosexuality. they all are the fault of man’s sin.

  • bambam13

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So you bent out of shape, went viral  and made it so personal about someone opinion. This is just his view on the issue. Don’t be so judgemental. Koooooooooool down my friend. 

  • Miss_Jo

    Why do those who want to be gay/have gay rights, etc. feel that they should take away someone else’s right not to? Your right shouldn’t mean that I lose mine. That’s just outright bullying!!! The man said what HE believes, but because it’s not what YOU believe you make him a pariah?!?!? That’s wicked selfish.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4YSEPHIYDKDHH4ZMFBOY5QQWDQ will

    Homosexuality as welll as pre-marital sex between a man and woman is wrong because the Word of God says it’s wrong. God’s will for humanity is salvation from sin based on His Great Love for us through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Sin always severs one from a right standing with God. God’s grace makes it possible for one to be restored to right standing with God. All men and women have to do is turn (repent) and believe the gospel.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4YSEPHIYDKDHH4ZMFBOY5QQWDQ will

    Hunter was not slandering people who embrace the gay lifestyle. He was being honest on what he thinks might happen. As a Christian we are to love our neighbors while professing what the Word of God s says. We cannot compromise the tenets of our faith because the current tide of p;ublic opinion is swaying towards a behavior condemned by the Word of God. In the light of eternity many will eventually say “why did not Christians do more when THEY knew my eternal soul was at stake?!”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MXE33MKKUM5T2QMNH3QM2WZTGU Monte7721

    who give two sh**s….being gay is a choice and Torii doesnt believe its the right one…probably because he doesnt want someone who hes not attracted to checking him out in the locker room showers

  • dkj92590

    no they dont the bible also says in 1and2corinthians that to remain single is a good thing but if you get married its not a sin to have sex. thats the perfect biblical scenario. to fall short of those standards is sin but it doesnt mean your damned or hopeless. it just means your gona have less peace in life. the more we sin the more we tend to suffer.  and Jesus also said that God is a father to the fatherless he doesnt abandon anyone.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KGEKZA7UKOXDWDA4ROKWFFCSFM radioreddz

    stupid comment by another less then zero pro athlete. maybe the temptation would be to much for mr. hunter maybe he’s the type of guy that is homophobic because of his deepest hidden desires. or maybe the truth about him would come out and how he’s really a crossdresser off season or t the bdsm clubs playing the role of  lesbian.

  • glorysandals

    That is a good point to bring up. I do agree its not the same however, homosexuals, blacks, whites, people in general are the same. Any biblical information Bible or else where is only correct through God’s interpretation. Jesus says, he is not here to abolish the law but to sacrifice himself, so that all humanity, regardless of their choices in life is free from bondage. Blacks cannot and I am sure do not want to change the color of their skin and homosexuals may not or want to change their sex orientation.  If we really want to make a difference, we have to change our perspective on how we view humanity, us. We  must learn how to love and if someone offends us, we must learn to continue to love. Our lives is depending on us to make that difference. We must choose to promote love and exterminate the anger that provoke us. God Bless to all of you and whether you are a believer or not. Everyone knows how to love.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E63KLQKOCAG6WKYYSGYPF33OSY Dee

    I respect Torii Hunters opinion. He doesn’t have to believe in what other people do. He has a right to believe in whatever HE WANTS TO WITHOUT YOUR APPROVAL PEOPLE.  Count the persecussion as JOY TORII. God will reward you for standing up for what is RIGHT.. God bless you Torii Hunter.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JTELUTQFUBRPQGURPSNUPJIK3I Rough Riders

    Judge not lest ye be judged. Consider that

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Adams/100004801507644 John Adams

    I have had gay friends, roommates, etc.  But, if I was a woman, I wouldn’t want a man in my locker-room/shower.  So I wouldn’t want a gay man in my shower.  Everything isn’t gay bashing, etc.  It’s about comfort zones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Adams/100004801507644 John Adams

    I have had gay friends, roommates, etc.  But, if I was a woman, I wouldn’t want a man in my locker-room/shower.  So I wouldn’t want a gay man in my shower.  Everything isn’t gay bashing, etc.  It’s about comfort zones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     If a person has a different belief then you, you have to label it.  Just because he believes homosexuality is wrong does not make him homophobic.  If you realize that phobic is a fear of you cannot claim all people who do not like homosexuality as homophobic.  they just have a belief that it is wrong.  Most people in the USA still believe that it is wrong.  I for one would not want to be in the same locker room with a homosexual for the same reason I would not want to be in a locker room with just some woman.  I would not want that person checking me out.  That is not a fear it would just be uncomfortable.  I do not have to accept homosexuality because you want me to.  If I don’t like it then I have as much right to speak out against it as you have for speaking up for it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     I totally agree with your statement.  Of course you realize that you are being politically incorrect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     He never said that he was judging the homosexual he just said it would be uncomfortable.  I however will judge and let people judge me.  I have my beliefs and you have yours.  I can speak my beliefs just as much as you can yours.  You do not have the right to force your beliefs on others especially since these beliefs are in the minority.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     Where did Moses get those laws but from God and God said if a man lies with another man like a woman this is an abomination.  Wow, straight out and it was God who said this.  As for Christ he said he was not here to change the law of Moses but to fulfill it.  So the Mosaic law was not gotten rid of, however some things were changed and in no place in the bible does it say that homosexuality was okay with God

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     A lot of things are generic meaning that both man a woman were to leave there homes and make new ones with their new loved ones.  Now in this verse it was never mentioned that if you do not leave your parents were you going to hell.  It was just making a point that if you found a new one in your life you were to make a new life with that person.  However, though out the bible it quotes of homosexuality as  sin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     They never said you couldn’t voice your opinion or I am missing something.  What they are stating is you do not have the right to force your beliefs on everyone else.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     You want to scientifically prove that to me.  I have not seen any science that there is a gay gene.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     You are so right.  So gay people do not have the right to tell me that I have to accept homosexuality as normal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     Like people said we are to love the sinner but not the sin.  According to the bible we are not supposed to accept sin.  I have had gay friends and they were friends, however I still did not like their way of life.   I do not have to accept that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     People who quote that make me so mad because they do not realize that it was made to protect religion and religious beliefs from the government, not to inhibit religion.  Study history and find out what was going on back then before you try and say that religion has no place in government.  From the beginning religion has been involved in this government.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     You are so right on that.  It wasn’t until after the Civil war that rights were given to people of color and that is not in the Constitution but the bill of rights and was not put in by the founding fathers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     Again that is not the Constitution but the Bill of rights and speaks of people of different races not homosexuality.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     There are many quotes in the bible about homosexuality being an abomination however never does it say that it is okay.  It is still an abomination.  Not the people but the act.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     If you believe in the church doctrine then you should practice it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     I guess that I am no one and so is the majority of this nation  because I believe in the scriptures and live by them  If you don’t live by them and do as you please then this nation will become like Sodom  and become wicked.  This is not what I want.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     Don’t forget the golden rule came from the bible and just because you believe the way you do does not mean I have to.  Most people believe the way I do so a minority does not have the right to dictate what I have to believe.   So if you have the right to tell me to shut up I have the same right to tell you the same. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     Where do you get that.  The bible is clear in the beginning through out that homosexuality is wrong.  Just because you don’t want to accept it you cannot change it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     Again he said he was here not to change the law but to fulfill it.  Things that were an abomination to God are still an abomination.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     What are you talking about.  He spoke to his prophets and they were the voice of God.  Just because you do not want accept the bible (which I am okay with) I accept it and believe it and you have no right to make me not believe it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     Right on.  I have noticed that also.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     That is something else I have noticed they homosexuals want to claim that everyone is like them and down deep are gay.   Wow I guess I am a minority because I am straight I know it.  I am not down deep gay.  the idea of the act makes me sick.  But, I have had gay friends I love the people not the act.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     Because in my opinion and in many others being gay is wrong and I want my children to believe that too.  I don’t have to have them think otherwise just because you want them to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     So your only argument is name calling.  If I don’t believe the way you do then I am a neanderthal (which you misspelled.  who is the idiot now.)  Just because I don’t believe the same as you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

    Part of repentance is the honest effort not to commit the sin again.  I guess you think you should beable to do whatever you feel like you want to do.  That make you an anarchest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     Yes he loves you but hates your sins and we will be punished for our sins.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.stinger Keith Stinger

     Why?  He sounded quite sane to me just because you do not like what he says.  I guess anyone who does not agree with you is stupid.

  • rjones84

    I can accept that that is your opinion. In that respect you have no right in telling someone that they can’t marry a person of their choosing.

  • taijen

    Neither do you! Were you there when “God said” anything? No, so, wht you are saying is “your belief” a belief in your Christian faith. That is fine, but  your interpretation does not make any and all of your statements fact, now do they? That’s what religion is based on faith not facts.

  • taijen

    Another idgit!

  • taijen

    Nor do they have to accept you!

  • taijen

    What makes you think that ones sexuality makes one focus on it?. You are what you are. End of story.