Torii Kedar Hunter, right fielder for
the Detroit Tigers, says he was misquoted and is not anti-gay.
Citing his religious faith, Hunter, a
37-year-old four-time All-Star, told The
Los Angeles Times that playing alongside an openly gay player
would be difficult to deal with.
“For me, as a Christian … I will be
uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning,
biblically, it's not right,” he said. “It will be difficult and
Hunter, who resides during the
off-season in a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth, added that an out
teammate could divide the team.
On Monday, Hunter messaged on Twitter
that the Times had misrepresented him.
“I'm very disappointed in Kevin
Baxter's article in which my quotes and feelings have been
misrepresented,” Hunter said. “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.”
“Don't believe everything u read,”
he added in a separate tweet. “Misleading and way out of context.”