Posted February 26, 2014

MLB issues statement against controversial Arizona Senate Bill 1062

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Arizona State Bill 1062 could affect the Diamondbacks and MLB teams holding spring training in the state. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Arizona Senate Bill 1062 could affect the Diamondbacks and MLB teams holding spring training in the state. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Major League Baseball issued a strong statement on Wednesday regarding its stance against Arizona’s controversial Senate Bill 1062 that would allow businesses to deny service to gay couples on religious grounds:

“As the sport of Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball and its 30 Clubs stand united behind the principles of respect, inclusion and acceptance. Those values are fundamental to our game’s diverse players, employees and fans. We welcome individuals of different sexual orientations, races, religions, genders and national origins.

“MLB has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment or discrimination based on sexual orientation, as reflected by our collective bargaining agreement with the MLB Players Association. Accordingly, MLB will neither support nor tolerate any words, attitudes or actions that imperil the inclusive communities that we have strived to foster within our game.”

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2 comments
mantle77777
mantle77777

Was this statement formulated by all the openly gay players in MLB?  Oh that's right, there are none.  Baseball is bragging about being the sport of Jackie Robinson.  What about the 50 or so years before him when it was the most racist sport of all.  And still honors all the players who played during that time.  And even during the 1950's into the 60's, many clubs were still reluctant to have African American's on their team. I agree with the statement and it's great that they said something, but I think they should take a long hard look at their own history.

MrArlington
MrArlington

Disgusting bill that only rednecks can support.