New York, USA

Former Atlanta Braves baseball pitcher, John Rocker, is throwing his support behind US presidential contender Newt Gingrich; however its an endorsement not every welcomed:

John Rocker, the former Atlanta Braves relief pitcher who notoriously compared Queens to Beirut while slandering a slew of ethnic groups, said Tuesday he’s supporting the former House Speaker.


In a hate-filled January 2000 interview with Sports Illustrated, Rocker shared his vitriolic views on Queens:

“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,” he said.

“The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners,” Rocker said. “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?”

John’s career nose-dived after his comments and he was temporarily suspended from professional baseball. Although its been 11-odd years since his comment, I do believe its definitely worth a ‘looks like Beirut’ certificate.

Scenic overlook

Beirut: Scenic Overlook -- via flickr