Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter
this week called a reporter who asked him whether his opposition to
gay marriage affected his free agency a “prick.”
The 39-year-old Hunter said in 2012
that he would be “uncomfortable” playing alongside an openly gay
player because “it's not right.” (On Twitter, Hunter denied he's anti-gay.)
This year, he recorded a
radio spot for the campaign to re-elect Arkansas Governor Asa
Hutchinson, saying that Hutchinson is “committed to the
principles” African-Americans hold dear, “like a strong faith in
God, equal justice for all, and keeping marriage between one man and
When Hunter was signed by the Twins
this week, Mike Berardino of the Saint Paul Pioneer-Press
asked him whether his views had affected his career.
“It is something I don't like to talk
about,” Hunter answered, “but Republican Party, Democratic Party,
separated, divided we fall. Simple as that.”
“It is what it is. No, I'm not going
to talk about it if you bring it up. It's not even baseball related.
We can do that later, when I retire. Then, I'll tell you the truth
– everything,” he responded to a follow-up question.
Then, unprompted, Hunter added: “Hey,
Mike is kind of a prick, huh? No, seriously, you're a prick, man. I
don't even know you. You're a prick. Seriously. Ain't nothing
wrong with that man, that's your job. He's definitely a prick
Commenting on the exchange at
Jim Buzinski said that Berardino's question was fair.
“He was asked a fair question about
his job search in free agency and whether it was linked to his gay
marriage views, that are increasingly in the minority,” Buzinski
wrote. “And when you get in the political arena and cut an ad for
a candidate, you are fair game for any questions about your political
views. Hunter can't have it both ways.”