Detroit Tigers player Torii Hunter says his religion would make it hard for him to play with an openly gay teammate, according to the Los Angeles Times. He then goes on to say that having a gay teammate would divide the team.
He goes on to explain why he could not support a teammate with a different s*xual orientation:
Hunter, among baseball’s most thoughtful and intelligent players, isn’t kidding when he says an “out” teammate could divide a team.
“For me, as a Christian … I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it’s not right,” he says. “It will be difficult and uncomfortable.”
Hunter may want to realize, though, that there have surely been gay men in his locker room already. All he is doing by expressing his disapproval is assuring that they remain in the closet and not reveal themselves to him or the rest of the team.
No one questions whether Hunter is allowed to maintain his own religious beliefs, but is he allowed to use his religion to decide who he wants to see on his team?
This isn’t the first time Hunter has made controversial remarks. In 2010, he referred to dark skinned Latino players as ‘imposters.’
“People see dark faces out there, and the perception is that they’re African-American. They’re not us. They’re impostors,” he told Bob Nightengale. He continued, “As African-American players, we have a theory that baseball can go get an imitator and pass them off as us…It’s like, ‘Why should I get this kid from the South Side of Chicago and have Scott Boras represent him and pay him $5 million when you can get a Dominican guy for a bag of chips?’”