Torii Hunter Mispeaks, Gets Called Racist

Posted by admin | Uncategorized | Thursday 11 March 2010 12:17 am

Professional baseball player Torii Hunter has a reputation for being honest–but he may have been too honest when he said Latino baseball players were “impostors”. The comment occurred in the context of a discussion about African American players and Latino’s being perceived as “black” players. Those comments set off a firestorm of criticism from the blogosphere. Many bloggers have willingly engaged in online defamation, misrepresenting Hunter’s statements as racist.

“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, no matter where we come from, and that’s something I’ve always taken pride in: treating everybody the same, whether he’s a superstar or a young kid breaking into the game. Where he was born and raised makes no difference.”

Hunter was very clear in his blog that his word choice was wrong but that he was in no way racist. Still, the blogosphere isn’t going to let Truth stand in the way of a good story that will drive traffic.

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