by Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, despite the outspoken reliever's apology for
insensitive remarks against gays and minorities.
Aaron said yesterday he was "very sick and disgusted about the whole situation"
and questioned how Rocker could continue in baseball.
"I have no place in my heart for people who feel that way," Aaron told radio
talk host Jay Mariotti.
About 15 activists protested outside Turner Field, urging the Braves to fire
Rocker for the comments, which were published in Sports Illustrated.
"There may be some room for redemption, but not as an Atlanta Brave," said
Michael Langford, president of the United Youth-Adult Conference. "We encourage
him to enter his resignation right now and go into an early retirement."
Rocker told Sports Illustrated he would never play for a New York team because
he didn't want to ride a subway train "next to some queer with AIDS."
While driving in Atlanta during the interview, Rocker criticized Asian women.
"Look! Look at this idiot," he said of another driver. "I guarantee you she's a
Japanese woman. How bad are Asian women at driving?" He also called an
overweight black teammate "a fat monkey." Rocker apologized in a written
statement Wednesday, saying he was carried away by his "competitive zeal"
against Mets fans.
Commissioner Bud Selig called Rocker's remarks "inappropriate and offensive."
He said baseball is reviewing the matter and would take "appropriate action."
Braves starting pitcher Tom Glavine said the one thing in Rocker's favor is
that it's the offseason. If the team was playing, "there probably would have
been 25 guys ready to kill him," Glavine told WNNX-FM.