Friday, March 12, 2010
There’s nothing like a little racial strife to bring a ballclub together.
Tori Hunter, CF for the Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles said in a recent article that dark skinned Latino ballplayers were “impostors” because they’re not really Black.
Well, now he’s feeling the pain usually reserved for politicians whenever the subject of race is brought up. So now Hunter is doing a n apology tour for his comments as dictated by the PC police.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
Torii Hunter is one of baseball's most accessible and quotable players, but the center fielder emerged from a lengthy closed-door meeting with Manager Mike Scioscia, General Manager Tony Reagins and team executive Tim Mead Thursday vowing to be more guarded with reporters and his choice of words.
"If it's not about baseball, I'm not going to talk about it," said Hunter, heavily criticized Wednesday for remarks in a USA Today article examining the declining percentage of African American players in the game. "I know what I am. Don't always believe what you read."Hunter said his comments about dark-skinned players from the Dominican Republic being "imposters" because they are perceived by some as being African American were "distorted and taken out of context." He tried to set the record straight in a blog on the team's website.
"What troubles me most was the word ‘imposters' appearing in reference to Latin American players not being black players," Hunter said. "It was the wrong word choice, and it definitely doesn't accurately reflect how I feel and who I am.
"What I meant was they're not black players; they're Latin American players. There is a difference culturally. But on the field, we're all brothers."
Hunter spoke to Angels owner Arte Moreno and Commissioner Bud Selig Wednesday, and Thursday he spoke to several Latin American teammates, including Bobby Abreu and Erick Aybar.
"Torii talks to those guys every day," Scioscia said. "I don't anticipate any problems."
Via Los Angeles Times
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