Atlanta Pitcher John Rocker as quoted
in Sports Illustrated:
On ever playing for a New York team:
"I would retire first. It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine
having to take the [Number] 7 train to the ballpark, looking like you're
[riding through] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some
queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the
fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It's depressing."
On New York City itself: "The biggest
thing I don't like about New York are the foreigners. I'm not a very big
fan of foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not
hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians
and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did
they get in this country?"
Barry Green is the District Attorney
for the 271st Judicial District.
This country goes absolutely crazy
whenever a bigoted statement is made to the mass media. Based upon the
reaction, you would think that John Rocker had degraded Jesus from the
pulpit of the First Baptist Church of Dallas.
Maybe its because we live in the
South or in Texas, but his comments are similar to what is said every day
in Decatur, Texas, over coffee. Come on, admit it.
When Major League Baseball announced
its suspension of Rocker, cries of "First Amendment" violations were heard
everywhere. Note: the Bill of Rights limits what government can do to an
individual, not what the private sector can do to an individual. The city
council of Atlanta, the State of Florida, Congress, or the FCC cannot sanction
Rocker for his comments. Private entity MLB, however, can do so at will.
Is it ironic that Major League Baseball,
an entity that wouldn't even let a black man play in the game just over
fifty years ago, now becomes highly offended by a racist comment?
If a racist is in a position where
he can effect the lives of others (i.e. a school teacher, police officer,
judge, city manager) we certainly have a reason to be concerned. But when
all a guy does is throw a baseball really hard, does his opinion
Some of my friends are outraged
at Rocker's suspension. However, if he had been a high ranking executive
at Microsoft, do you think the computer giant might have reacted the same
way as MLB or, perhaps, simply fired him outright?
This country values freedom of speech
when the opinions expressed are those held by the majority.
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