Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker, who was suspended from baseball in 1999 for racist and homophobic comments, has pledged his support for Mitt Romney. Or rather, for anyone who is not Barack Obama.
“Like hopefully a majority of Americans out there, I’ll be voting against President Obama this year,” Rocker told WND. “I won’t necessarily be voting for the Republican candidate as much as I will be voting against Obama.”
In the race for the roughest Romney endorsement, Rocker’s admission that “Governor Romney will be getting my vote, although be it somewhat by default” easily makes it into the top ten.
“I would vote for the devil himself over Barack Obama, which would actually be tough though as he seems to already be a supporter,” Rocker said.
Rocker’s pseudo-endorsement joins the likes of George Bush’s elevator-door-closing “I pick Mitt Romney” and Rick Santorum’s midnight message that “Romney will be that nominee.”
The former Braves pitcher originally backed Newt Gingrich, who he in the WND interview was “one of the most brilliant people I have ever listened to.” He switched his vote to Romney after “things didn’t work out” for Gingrich, who dropped out of the GOP race last month.
Besides being a less-than-enthusiastic support, Rocker also joins the list of Romney backers with taste for controversial comments. The now-retired athlete’s untamable tongue and white-hot temper landed him a 14-day suspension in 1999 after he bashed foreigners and gay people during a Sports Illustrated interview.
“The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners,” Rocker said in the interview. “You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?”
But Rocker’s hatred for New York City did not stop with the tourists.
“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,” he told Sports Illustrated. “It’s depressing.”
Some endorsements, candidates would probably rather do without. John Rocker likely makes that list as well.