Former Cardinals Pitcher Says He Quit Baseball Because of Anti-Gay Comments

Tyler Dunnington

After retiring from baseball in January 2015, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Tyler Dunnington has come out as gay and claimed that he quit the game he loves because of the derogatory comments he overheard coming from his teammates and coaches.

Among the comments Dunnington claims he heard was suggestions that all gays should be killed.

Here’s a portion of the email that Dunnington sent to regarding his experience as a gay ballplayer in the minors:

“I was also one of the unfortunate closeted gay athletes who experienced years of homophobia in the sport I loved. I was able to take most of it with a grain of salt but towards the end of my career I could tell it was affecting my relationships with people, my performance, and my overall happiness.

“I experienced both coaches and players make remarks on killing gay people during my time in baseball, and each comment felt like a knife to my heart. I was miserable in a sport that used to give me life, and ultimately I decided I needed to hang up my cleats for my own sanity.”

As a result of Dunnington’s email, the St. Louis Cardinals have decided to investigate the matter.

As for what exactly may come from their investigation, that is anyone’s guess. We’ll just have to wait to find out.

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