Torii Hunter claims he was misquoted in LA Times article

Published On December 31, 2012 | By Jill Saftel

Torii Hunter has come under scrutiny for comments he made for a LA Times story regarding gay athletes. But it appears Hunter believes his comments were taken out of contexts and that his quotes were spliced together.

The writer of the piece for the Times, Kevin Baxter, described Hunter in a way that suggested the athlete said a gay teammate could cause problems for a team.

“For me, as a Christian … I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it’s not right,” Hunter was quoted in the Times. “It will be difficult and uncomfortable.”

The article, and Hunter’s quotes, produced a slew of stories this morning regarding disappointment in Hunter’s attitude. But Hunter took to Twitter to voice his side of the story.

“I’m very disappointed in Kevin Baxter’s article in which my quotes and feelings have been misrepresented. He took two completely separate quotes and made them into one quote that does not express how I feel as a Christian or a human being . I have love and respect for all human beings regardless of race, color or sexual orientation. I am not perfect and try hard to live the best life I can and treat all people with respect. If you know me you know that I am not anti anything and to be portrayed as anti-gay in this article is hurtful and just not true,” Hunter tweeted.

He followed that up with, “Don’t believe everything u read. Misleading and way out of context.”

You’ve got to hope Hunter’s comments were somehow misunderstood, but at the same time he could be trying to save face after receiving some serious backlash.


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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.