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Racism and Rocker The controversy started when John Rocker the relief pitcher for the Atlanta Braves baseball team told a reporter from Sports Illustrated magazine just how he felt about New York Mets fans When asked if he would ever play for the New York Mets Rocker told the reporter that he would retire first He also added Imagine having to take the number 7 train to the ballpark looking like youre riding through Beirut next to some kid with purple hair 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 Its depressing In his fit of frustration he also made a comment about Asians Koreans Vietnamese Indians Russians and Hispanics Then he proceeded to ask the reporter How the hell did they get in this country To add fuel to the fire he also called his own teammate an overweight black fat monkey After all of the comments had been made the commissioner of baseball Bud Selig ordered that Rocker take psychological tests before a punishment would be decided upon Many people feel that Rocker should be fined and others feel that he should be released from the Braves organization Overall John Rocker is a racist because of comments that he made which offended people of other races Is John Rocker really a racist To find out racism must be defined Racism is defined in Merriam-Websters Dictionary as A belief that a class of people unified by common interests habits or characteristics is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race About a month after the magazine article was published Rocker went to the public with an apology He said that he was sorry for the comments and that he was not racist Rocker backed that up by saying that he had
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