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Athletics minor-leaguer suspended for gay slur

Posted on: July 10, 2011 7:06 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 8:22 pm
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By Evan Brunell

KrolIn the last several months, using a gay slur in sports has proved increasingly unacceptable.

Perhaps the most well-known incident to date is when NBA star Kobe Bryant was caught directing a gay slur to a referee, and he was fined for his transgressions.

Baseball is now caught in the crosshairs, as A's minor-leaguer Ian Krol was suspended indefinitely for using a gay slur in a tweet, which Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle says included the slur, plus other offensive language. Just the other day, the White Sox's Gordon Beckham came under fire for jokingly inscribing a gay slur in the dirt while insulting friend and ex-teammate Chris Getz, who plays Beckham's position of second base for the Royals. Beckham avoided punishment and apologized for his actions.

But Krol couldn't avoid punishment, as the penalty was handed down from the team. The left-hander, who tweets at @KingKrol9, certainly has an interesting way of approaching Twitter, as his March 19 nonsensical tweet shows: "The moon's on steriods #Supermoon...Wisconsin #WINNING..."

Krol enjoys tweeting back and forth with Max Stassi and Rashun Dixon while bemoaning the Arizona heat, as he is currently playing for the rookie-ball affiliate in Arizona as he works his way back from injury. Stassi and Dixon are players Krol has, by and large, gone through the minors with. Dixon tweeted after learning of Krol's suspension: "dannng they got my boy Krol #fail."

Drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 draft, Krol has a career 2.80 ERA in 147 2/3 innings, primarily as a starter and has posted a spectacular 7.4 K/9 mark in his minor-league career, which hasn't reached higher than high-Class A. He also has allowed just 1.8 walks per nine innings.

Prior to being drafted, the 20-year-old was suspended by his high school, preventing him from playing his senior season. He had been found in the presence of alcohol for the second time, which violated the athletic code of conduct. His mother told the Chicago Tribune that the Naperville, Ill. pitcher had not been drinking, but his appeal was declined by the principal.

"We may not necessarily agree with the result," she said. "But that athletic policy that Ian signed when he tried out for the team is broadly written, and I understand how the administration came to the decision. ... "He admitted that he made a mistake. He admitted he was in the presence of alcohol. But this incident is not going to define Ian's character.

"... He'll overcome it, he'll move on and ultimately he'll be better for it."

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Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:10 am
 

Athletics minor-leaguer suspended for gay slur

I was thinking it was subsequently destined to be a number of uninteresting aged hand in, but it surely certainly virtually remunerated to time.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2011 10:29 pm
 

Athletics minor-leaguer suspended for gay slur

Whatever happened to freedom of speech?  Every single straight male in the world finds it offensive to be called gay or any other term meaning gay.  The thing is, we all take it differently.  If one of my friends calls me gay, I take it as a joke.  But, if someone I don't know does it, I talk it as an insult.  Since, the media always refuses to quote the person when the "gay comments" happen, we won't know how it was intended.  If it was directed at a friend  (and of course it depends on the particular terminology he used) there shouldn't be such a big deal made of it and it should be made known to Krol or any other athlete that that is unacceptable.  Personally, I am offended by the fact that there are people out there who try to stop people from using their freedom of speech just because they don't like what someone else is saying.



Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2011 8:40 pm
 

Athletics minor-leaguer suspended for gay slur

Yes, gay slurs are inappropriate - but..  isn't our society going a little overboard with being offended by just about anything anyone says?  Hey, I'm offended that according to the picture of Krol with this article he's wearing one of those flat-brimmed hats that just look stupid.  Can I say stupid?  There's no place for flat-brimmed hats in baseball. 



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 8:12 pm
 

Athletics minor-leaguer suspended for gay slur

What a punk bitch hope he stays in the minors



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Athletics minor-leaguer suspended for gay slur

Baseball is now caught in the crosshairs, as minor-leaguer Ian Krol was suspended indefinitely for using a gay slur in a tweet, which says included the slur, plus other offensive language. Just the other day, the 's for jokingly while insulting friend and ex-teammate , who plays Beckham's position of second base for the . Beckham
 It's very simple. When tweeting, texting or talking with the press, you must use platitudes. Social media is out-of-control in sports. The leagues and teams need to educate and monitor their players.

We are living in an increasingly intolerant society. Intolerance isn't just about race, gender and sexual orientation. It's also about viewpoints. There are certain viewpoints which certain segments of the media view unacceptable, because they don't agree politically with them. They look to then crucify these individuals who may be naive or misguided for their own political agenda.

Btw, he wasn't insulting Getz, he was busting on him. Anyone who has friends knows the difference. There was zero malice intended.


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