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Houston Voice, No. 1003, January 14, 2000 - File 011. 2000-01-14. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 14, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/7109/show/7086.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1003, January 14, 2000
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date January 14, 2000
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript 10 NEWS JANUARY 14, 2000 • HOUSTON VOICE Braves pitcher says he spoke like a 'jerk' by LAURA BROWN Just days after he was ordered to undergo psychological evaluation, Atlanta Braves relief pitcher admitted Wednesday that his comments about minorities and gays in a magazine article made him sound like "a complete jerk." In his first interview since the uproar, the 25-year-old relief pitcher spoke to ESPN at his home in Macon, and again apologized, repeating that he is not a racist. Major League Baseball last week ordered Rocker to undergo psychological evaluation to help determine what was in his head when he railed against racial and ethnic minorities, women, immigrants and "a queer with AIDS" in an interview last month. But there is no simple psychological diagnosis to explain bigotry, psychologists pointed out, while a coalition of activists in Atlanta warned nothing less than "Rocker's head on a platter" will dissuade them from launching pickets and protests against the Braves. "It seems to me this is stalling by the commissioner of baseball," Dr. James Jones, a professor of psychology at the University of Delaware, told the Houston Voice. "\ don't see any basis for psychological evaluation—he didn't engage in any bizarre behavior. "He said things that are intemperate and inappropriate, but people say things like that all the time," said Jones, an expert in both racism and sports psychology. "He is a bigoted guy, but you can't explain that by suggesting he is not competent mentally, which is kind of the implication ot having to undergo psychological evaluation." Alvin F. Poussaint, a clinical professor of psychiatry at 1 larvard Medical School, offered a similar assessment, calling the plan a "dodge" because "psychological testing is not set up to evaluate racism." Racism and prejudice are not listed in the American Psychiatric Association's manual of mental disorders, Poussaint noted in the New York Times, and "officially, mental health professionals believe racism is so common in America that it represents a social problem rather than personal pathotog Activists opposing Rocker's statements agreed. "John Rocker is not crazy. 1 lis hateful remarks are not a result of what is in his head, but rather a result of a hate- filled heart," said Michael Langtord, president of the United Youth-Adult Conference, which organized a protest Jan. 7 in front of the Braves stadium at Turner Field. Although several of Atlanta's most prominent gay organizations were among those participating in the local protest, some also e\pre^>ed frustration that Rocker's comments against gavs and people with AIDS appeared to be getting less and less attention as the story continued. After promising action would take place in January, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig issued a statement last week calling Rocker's comments 'reprehensible and completely inexcusable." "1 am profoundly concerned about the nature of those comments as well as by certain other aspects of his behavior," Selig said, explaining that he will take "whatever additional action" deemed necessary after the psychological tests are completed. Braves President Stan Kasten and General Manager John Schuerholz held a press conference the same day, reiterating their disagreement with Rocker's comments, but saying they would wait for a decision from Major League Baseball before taking further action. Kasten and Schuerholz said Rocker apologized for the remarks in a meeting with them on Dec. 29, and Kasten suggested Rocker may be able to stay with the team. At a protest fan. 7. >onie accused the Braves of "passing the buck" on Rocker's punishment. But Braves spoke Jim Schult/ told the ice it wasn't the team that decided Major League Baseball would handle the problem. "II was our intention to handle this until Major League Baseball stepped in and said, 'We feel this affects the entire sport,'" Schultz said. "Whatever they do would not preclude a different action by the Braves," he added. In the ESPN interview Wednesday, Rocker pointed out that teammates Andruw Jones, Bruce Chen and Odalis Perez—all minorities from outside the U.S.—lived with his family in Macon while they were playing for the Braves minor league affiliate in Macon. "If I was a racist, would I want a black guy living in my house and would I invite him to come to my house? 1 did that three times over," Rocker said. Other than a brief written statement, the interview marked the first time Rocker spoke publicly about the controversy. Rocker said he "just lost (his) cool" and said things he didn't mean about New York fans because he wanted "to inflict some emotional pain in retaliation to the pain that had been inflicted on me." Rocker said he was frustrated by New York Yankees' fans who threw batteries at him during the World Series. He said Mets' fans spit in his face, poured beer on him ^ and beat a likeness of him i during the NL Champ- 5 ionship Series. "You hit one home run in * the big leagues, it doesn't ^ make you a home-run hitter," Rocker said. "To make one comment like this doesn't make you a racist." Under orders from Major League Baseball, John Rocker underwent psychological evaluation last week. M 94 > * n~ Kir.- tm On July 12,11 ' ol m% Sutv Yacht Race Irom California to Hawaii. with the names ol friends who had lost their battle with AIDS. 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