08/06/2013 03:44 pm ET Updated Aug 06, 2013

John Rocker Makes Homophobic Remark During Reddit AMA


Remember John Rocker?

The musclebound ex-Atlanta Braves pitcher achieved notoriety for a 1999 Sports Illustrated interview in which he unleashed a barrage of insensitive remarks about New York Mets and Yankees fans. A highlight:

Imagine having to take the [Number] 7 train to the ballpark, looking like you're [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. It's depressing.

Judging by an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit Tuesday, Rocker hasn't mellowed much in the last 14 years.

Responding to a predictably raucous set of questions, Rocker gleefully resorted to the name-calling that got him in trouble way back when. For example, one user wrote that "My gay friend, Steve, just told me to tell you to go fuck yourself." Rocker responded, "sounds like you may have some tendencies 'Davy.' If you weren't gay you would call yourself David...... Not that that makes you a bad person."

Rocker went on to call one harasser a "fucking loser" and told another to "enjoy living in mom's basement until your 40 beating off to Bay Watch reruns at 2 in the morning."

Although Rocker claimed that "my skin is so thick you absolutely cannot get me," he seemed to be genuinely upset when one user asked him, "Why are you a racist?" His long response began:

"Racist? If dating 3 black women, Denis Martinez's daughter who is Nicaraguan and god knows how many women from Puerto Rico and Venezuela makes me a racist then I guess you got me. How does it feel being a sheep who is spoon fed every opinion you have by some blathering talking head on TV."

Read the whole, chaotic thing at Reddit.