Tyler Dunnington, a former minor leaguer of the St. Louis Cardinals, quit the sport he loved because of homophobic comments made by his teammates and coaches.
Dunnington wrote an email to Outsports that explained his decision to leave the game after hearing about how gay people, which he just so happens to be, should be killed.
“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,” he told Outsports. “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.”
Dunnington continued to explain that he overheard a coach claim that “we kill gay people in Wyoming.” Another conversation involving teammates even mentioned different ways to kill gay people in addition to the thought of even being friends with someone who is gay.
It’s another example of the depressing reality we live where people with different beliefs, lifestyles and sexual preferences have to constantly hide who they really are. One can only hope for a day where none of that matters any more, and a person can openly be who they really are.
Hopefully it’s in my lifetime.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA Today Sports.