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I was looking up information regarding ties with aggressive sports such as football and lacrosse, to violent attacks such as rape. Naturally, the Duke University Lacrosse Team incident spurred my curiosity along with the fact that my son is actively involved in both sports as well.

While searching, I came across information on Kazuhito Tadano, a pitcher with the Oakland A’s.  It appears he was involved in a gay porn while studying in college in Japan. (He regrets this one time incident; attributes it to being young, naive and in need of money.) Japanese teams would not draft him because of this incident, however, it is clear that the United States does not hold this against him.  He has been playing with Oakland for the past 3 years.

He adamantly denies being gay – it appears major league ball players are encouraged to remain in the closet – none are openly gay. [I am not saying in this statement, that I disbelieve his statement – I am merely pointing out the fact that major league establishments (NFL, NBA, MLB) shun this lifestyle.] However, I applaud them that they did not let this one time occurrence ruin the rest of this man’s career.  However, baseball is not an organization where I would look for role-models in our children’s lives. Unfortunately, a lot has changed over the years.  Just read the headlines regarding steroid use, and other ways players “cheat” to break the records.  Let’s not forget the ones that are addicted to drugs, and constantly find themselves in the limelight for participating in criminal activities. 

It’s not just football and lacrosse.

But, I won’t mention the LOVE BOAT incident with my favorite team “The Vikings”! That’s a whole other story!

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