While it may have been Ted Cruz who most recently came under fire for going after “New York values,” in 1999 it was Major League pitcher John Rocker who earned the ire of the city, and many others.
In a Sports Illustrated interview, Rocker had said he’d rather retire than play for a New York team and have to sit “next to some queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids,” though the biggest aspect he disliked was “the foreigners.”
While the stigma of those remarks may not have left him, Rocker was asked on Tuesday which presidential candidate he stands behind, and the reasoning behind his pick leaves no doubt about his choice.
Explaining that he’s “as disheartened as everyone else is” with the “glad-handing…soundbite politicians,” Rocker told The Daily Caller:
“I wish someone, excuse the frankness here, would have the sack, would have the backbone to make unpopular comments, and when folks come out…demanding apologies…I’ve always wanted to see the person that’s like, ‘Yeah, I’ve made these comments, these are my beliefs, and you know what, if you don’t like it stick it. I’m not apologizing, I’m not changing.’”
Confirming what many would guess from that description, Rocker went on to state, “Donald Trump is that guy,” adding that he is “absolutely” endorsing the billionaire for president.
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Not long after his interview, Rocker posted this to Twitter:
Rocker went on to say that, while he’s still not New York’s biggest fan, “people who live there…love it and they’re willing to work damn hard…just to live there, and I think that’s very commendable in a lot of areas.”