'Survivor' Season 29 Cast Already Has Its Villain: Bad Boy Baseball Player John Rocker
CBS announced the cast today, and on the list is one John Rocker; the former MLB pitcher was a walking controversy for most of his career. Despite that, he thinks he can win.
"I have world class athletic abilities and leadership skills. I have the ability to read people and morph my personality in a way that lets me mesh with people from all walks of life," he says in his official Survivor bio.
All walks of life? That remains to be seen.
Rocker played for the Braves in the late '90s but was demoted and then traded away after making insensitive, homophobic, and racist comments in a Dec. 27, 1999 Sports Illustrated interview. For example:
"I'd retire first. It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the 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… The biggest thing I don't like about New York are the 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?"
Though he apologized at the time, Rocker continued to use homophobic slurs in the years following. And he called his mandated sensitivity training a "farce." Time hasn't mellowed the outspoken former player, either. Last year, in a column on a conservative website, he claimed that the Holocaust would never have happened if Germany had had looser gun control laws.
CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 18: John Rocker #49 of the Cleveland Indians throws a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the game on September 18, 2001 at Jacob's Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians won 11-2. (Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)
Since his baseball days, Rocker has become a conservative writer, released an autobiography, and has dabbled in acting (what, you didn't see the 2002 horror comedy The Greenskeeper?).