Justin Verlander, starting pitcher for
the Detroit Tigers, says he would embrace an openly gay player.
The 30-year-old Verlander was asked
during an interview from Lakeland, Florida with CNN why the topic
remains controversial in Major League Baseball.
“I think it's a tricky subject
because you start getting in the locker rooms and walking around
nude, or whatever, and I think that would be more of a tricky subject
than anything,” Verlander said. “You know, your life decisions
and sexual orientation I don't think that plays any affect in what
we're trying to do as a team. So, I don't see why that would
“So, you personally would embrace a
gay player on the Detroit Tigers?” Carol Costello asked.
“Absolutely. I wouldn't mind it.”
“I don't think one of our players
would be scared to come out. You know, we got 25 guys, it's a family
and their 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.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit
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