Mets announce Daniel Murphy will no longer discuss his religious beliefs
The New York Mets on Wednesday announced through a team spokesman that Daniel Murphy will stick with talking baseball and the future and no longer will discuss his religious beliefs, according to a report from ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin.
The Mets second baseman caused waves with comments made following the team’s meeting on Tuesday with MLB ambassador for inclusion Billy Bean, a former major leaguer who revealed he was gay in 1999 following his retirement.
Murphy expressed that while he can accept Bean as a person or a teammate, he cannot condone his homosexual “lifestyle” due to his strong Christian beliefs.
“I disagree with his lifestyle,” Murphy said, via NJ.com. “I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him. I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect. Getting to know him. That, I would say, you can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent.”
Murphy, while stating that things like Bean addressing teams — as he did with the Mets — could open up a dialogue that would help people get past stereotypes, nevertheless referred to it as “uncharted territory. He also disputed the notion that being Christian precludes an athlete from accepting gay teammates.
In light of the firestorm that ignited in the wake of his comments, the decision to have Murphy only discuss baseball in the future may be the wisest course of action for the Mets as it relates to keeping non-baseball-related distractions to a minimum.
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