ESPN‘s Mark Saxon published an article about the St. Louis Cardinals investigating the anti-gay comments that allegedly caused minor leaguer Tyler Dunnington to retire.
Tyler Dunnington, was in the Cardinals minor league system. He told outsports.com that he left baseball in 2014 because of the anti-gay comments he was receiving in the clubhouse. Here’s what he wrote to outsports.com
“I was also one of the unfortunate closeted gay athletes who experienced years of homophobia in the sport I loved. I was able to take most of it with a grain of salt but towards the end of my career I could tell it was affecting my relationships with people, my performance, and my overall happiness.”
“I experienced both coaches and players make remarks on killing gay people during my time in baseball, and each comment felt like a knife to my heart. I was miserable in a sport that used to give me life, and ultimately I decided I needed to hang up my cleats for my own sanity.”
The Cardinals told ESPN that they will be looking into the allegations. General Manager John Mozeliak had this to say…
“This is very disappointing and our hope is that every player, staff member and employee feels that they are treated equally and fairly. Given the nature of these allegations, I will certainly look into this further.”
The Cardinals will work with Major League Baseball, and its new ambassador for inclusion Billy Beane, who is also openly gay.