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Rockies criticize Jones' anti-gay remarks

Posted: Wednesday April 30, 2003 12:28 AM

DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies criticized reliever Todd Jones' recent anti-gay remarks Tuesday night, saying they were "unfortunate" and did not reflect the team's views.

Jones told The Denver Post on Sunday that he would not want to have a gay teammate. The comments were part of an entertainment story about the Broadway play Take Me Out, in which a major league baseball player announces that he is gay.

The article compares the story line of the play with what might happen if a real-life player announced he was gay.

"I wouldn't want a gay guy being around me," Jones told the paper. "It's got nothing to do with me being scared. That's the problem: All these people say he's got all these rights. Yeah, he's got rights or whatever, but he shouldn't walk around proud. It's like he's rubbing it in our face. 'See me, Hear me roar.' We're not trying to be close-minded, but then again, why be confrontational when you don't really have to be?"

Jones was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Grace was also interviewed for the story, but he said most players probably would not be threatened by a gay teammate.

The Rockies said on the team's Web site that the team does not share Jones' views, opinions, or attitudes.

"As an organization and as a part of this community, we are committed to providing an environment for our employees and fans that is free of discrimination and prejudice regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national orientation, age, disability, or status as a veteran," team president Keli McGregor said in the statement.

Jones also said in the story that the player better be good "Because if (the team) thinks for one minute he's disrupting the clubhouse -- if he doesn't hit 50 homers or win 20 games -- they're not going to put up with that."

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