John Rocker – American Hero
Baseball Legend Claimed “Biggest Thing I Don’t Like About New York Are The Foreigners”
John Rocker was born in 1974 in Statesboro, Georgia.
He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1997 and promoted to the Major Leagues the next year.
In 1999, he was named the Braves closer and posted a 2.13 ERA with 38 saves.
Later that year though, Rocker came under public scrutiny after a controversial interview with Jewish reporter Jeff Pearlman from Sports Illustrated magazine.
In the interview, Pearlman asked Rocker about his personal views on race. Later, Pearlman used the quotes in an article to portray Rocker as a “dumb”, “ignorant” racist.
Rocker believes “Pearlman painted the exact picture of me he intended from the very beginning and in doing so remained true to form and consistent with his long and decorated history of trash journalism. In my research I have found that Pearlman has done eerily similar hatchet jobs to dozens of other subjects during his 20 year career.”
He added “I said some things about New York City which in the context they were presented led many people to automatically interpret as racist, xenophobic, or bigoted. And to this day, that’s what I’m most remembered for. Not what I accomplished on the field, but what I said in an interview with Sports Illustrated.”
In the article, Rocker went on a tirade against Asian female drivers. He yelled:
“They turn from the wrong lane. They go 20 miles per hour. It makes me want — Look! Look at this idiot! I guarantee you she’s a Japanese woman. How bad are Asian women at driving?”
When Rocker was asked if he would ever play in the “Big Apple”, he replied:
“I would retire first. It’s the most hectic, nerve-racking city. 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. It’s depressing.”
Rocker also criticized “diversity” and “multiculturalism”:
“The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners. I’m not a very big fan of foreigners. 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?”
Later, Rocker continued his assault on New York and its people.
“Nowhere else in the country do people spit at you, throw bottles at you, throw quarters at you, throw batteries at you and say, ‘Hey, I did your mother last night — she’s a whore.’ I talked about what degenerates they were, and they proved me right. Just by saying something, I could make them mad enough to go home and slap their moms.”
Later in the interview, Rocker also criticized black athletes. He called his teammate Randall Simon “a fat monkey” and criticized New York Knicks guard Latrell Sprewell for choking his coach, P.J. Carlesimo.
Rocker claimed Sprewell “should’ve been arrested, and instead he’s playing basketball. Why do you think that is? Do you think if he was Keith Van Horn — if he was white — they’d let him back? No way.”
The Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig (Jewish) gave Rocker a 28 game suspension for the the interview and oredered him to attend anger management training.
Rocker has continued to make controversial statements since he retired from baseball in 2003.
In a recent interview with WND, John Rocker said “I would vote for the devil himself over Barack Obama which would actually be tough though as he seems to already be a supporter.”
Jett & Jahn Media honors American Hero John Rocker for his willingness to stand up and defend the truth.
This article is part seven of the “American Heroes” series: