Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander “Wouldn’t Mind” a Gay Teammate

By Eric Carlisle
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The topic of gay rights is a touchy subject across our country and even around the world, and just recently it’s started to spill over into the sports world as well. In an interview with CNN’s Carol Costello, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was asked about the topic of gay individuals in Major League Baseball.

At a spring training game in Florida Verlander was asked by Costello if he would be fine with a gay teammate being on his team he said, “Absolutely” and also added that he “Wouldn’t mind”, being upfront and blunt about the question that was asked to him. This has been a hot topic around sports as some players have said that they wouldn’t like having a gay teammate, one of them being a teammate of Verlander.

Torii Hunter was asked about the same thing about a month ago where he states his concerns about having a gay teammate siting his religious upbringing being the reason. “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.”

This topic will be around for a long time and more players will be asked the same thing as the topic is expanded. You can at least respect the fact that they answered the questions and didn’t shy away even though maybe the Tigers would have liked that more. I define myself as a Christian and I believe in the Bible and try to live my life accordingly but honestly I don’t see why it would matter what someone’s sexual orientation is. People have the right to live their life the way they want to as long as it doesn’t impede on anyone else’s rights which being gay does not.

“I don’t think one of our players would be scared to come out. We got 25 guys, it’s a family, and our goal is to win a World Series. What your sexual orientation is, I don’t see how that affects the ultimate goal of our family” said Verlander. When it comes down to it the players get paid to win games and as far as I know a gay player can play a sport just as well as a straight player. If a player helps you win games I find it really hard to believe that players would rather have them off the team.

You can believe however you want but the reality is that gay players are most likely already in a lot of sports and you don’t even know it. It’s important to remember you can disagree with the way someone lives their life but you also have to remember that it’s their right to live that way. Winning overcomes all problems and if a team is winning I really don’t think players or executives would care if one of the players is gay plain and simple.

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