Media Fraudulence? Torii Hunter says he was misquoted in gay remarks, Twitter still reacts


Saturday, Kevin Baxter of the LA Times released an article entitled “In pro sports, gay athletes still feel unwelcome” stating that the country’s four major sports leagues remain among the last bastions of homophobia in the U.S. And within the article Baxter supposedly quoted current Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter (who spent the last several seasons in LA with the Angels) saying that he would feel uncomfortable having a gay teammate.

…But former Angels outfielder Torii 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.”

With the release of the Baxter’s article, Hunter took to Twitter to refute the comments saying that his quotes were misrepresented and that he has love and respect for all human beings regardless of race, color or sexual orientation.

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

Still despite Hunter’s refute the Twitter world reacted and in some cases came down on Hunter just hours after the original LA Times article was released.


So is this media fraudulence by Baxter or Hunter back tracking? I think the interesting thing will be to see if any further individuals who were quoted in the article step forward citing misinterpretation.

I do however believe that one of the bigger lessons that can be taken out of this whole matter is taking a step back and waiting first for everything to come out. Especially after looking at some of those Twitter reactions.

h/t: LA Times, iDigitalTimes.com, Twitter


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