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Rocker Sorry for Remarks

National League | BASEBALL NOTES

August 06, 2002|From Associated Press

Texas Ranger pitcher John Rocker issued a written apology Monday for anti-gay remarks he made toward patrons of a popular eatery.

Rocker said he was with his girlfriend on Sunday at Breadwinners Cafe & Bakery in Dallas when some customers began badgering him.

"It seemed as if they were trying to bait me with suggestive comments," Rocker said in the statement.

Rocker said he finished his meal and got up to leave. Then, he said, the unidentified patrons followed him out of the restaurant, located in a predominantly gay neighborhood, and made an obscene gesture.

"At that point, I admit I was angry and said some things I probably should not have said, but I wanted to make it clear their attentions were unwelcome," he said. Ranger spokesman John Blake said the remarks were anti-gay in nature but Rocker's specific comments were unknown.

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