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John Rocker Expresses His Hate for New York City

Date: 12/27/1999
Quote
: "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?"
Who said it: John Rocker

Rocker, Round 2. As we mentioned before, the interview that former Atlanta Braves pitcher, John Rocker, conducted with Sports Illustrated back in 1999 was a bit of a doozy. Most of the controversy was centered around the tirade Rocker launched against the city of New York, wherein he threw a prejudiced shot at nearly anyone he could. Like his comments against former teammate, Randall Simon, Rocker received no sort of punishment from either the MLB or the Braves.

However, Rocker became easily the biggest villain in all of baseball, and was regularly booed by fans everywhere when he and his Braves came to town. It's widely believed that this constant heckling ruined Rocker mentally. Just four years after saying his remarks about NYC, Rocker fell out of the game altogether due to a sharp decline in his performance.

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