Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter may have just shot himself in the foot for speaking publicly against homosexuality — citing his biblical teachings as a means of rebuking the s*xual orientation. In a country full of hypersensitivity, freedom of speech is a thing of the past, especially for individuals who are anti-gay marriage or have the slightest objection as it pertains to rights for the LGBT community.
In an article published on LATimes.com titled “In pro sports, gay athletes still feel unwelcome,” writer Kevin Baxter reveals the struggles gay professional athletes face with their ability to work comfortably with their teammates. In the article Baxter says “… Hunter, among baseball’s most thoughtful and intelligent players, isn’t kidding when he says an “out” teammate could divide a team.” He then reveals Hunter’s statement regarding having a homosexual teammate: “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.”
Former defensive back for Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, and Seattle Seahawks, Wade Davis, shared his personal frustrations with deciding whether or not he wanted to ‘come out’ to his teammates about his s*xuality. ”I would police my behavior,” said Davis, who grew up in Shreveport, La., attending services at a Southern Baptist church five times a week. “I would re-create a story that probably never even happened just to make guys think that I was as hyper-masculine as they were. I had kind of honed in on my skill of telling these fantastic lies.” Eight years after retiring from the NFL from injuries, Davis decided to be more open about his homosexuality.