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Kluwe says Torii Hunter made anti-gay comment; ex-Twin says otherwise

  • Blog Post by: Howard Sinker
  • December 31, 2012 - 9:42 AM

Sunday's Los Angeles Times features a story about gay athletes and how they still feel unwelcome in most pro sports locker rooms.

Kevin Baxter of the Times wrote: "Consider the numbers. About 4,000 players spent time on active rosters in the NBA, NHL, NFL and Major League Baseball in 2012. With the best estimates of the gay/bisexual population in U.S. ranging from 2% to 10%, it's likely many of those 4,000 athletes are gay or bisexual. Yet not one has come out of the closet. Not this year, not last year, not ever."

Former Twins and Los Angeles outfielder Torii Hunter said he believed an athlete who came out could divide a team.

Hunter, who recently signed with Detroit, said: "For me, as a Christian … I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it's not right. It will be difficult and uncomfortable."

On Twitter this morning, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe responded:

and followed with

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