John Rocker: Holocaust Wouldn't Have Happened if Jews Had Guns | News
Despite a Major League career that only lasted six years, Macon native John Rocker's name continues to find its way into headlines.
And again, it's because the former Atlanta Braves pitcher has shared his political opinions.
A couple days ago on WND.com, Rocker penned a blog lamenting the fallout for conservatives in the wake of President Obama's reelection.
He predicts the GOP will go "all-in on the Hispanic vote (which most assuredly means some form of amnesty this year) [sic]" because politicians have become "...fearful of a voting public that basically resembles an Oprah Winfrey audience..."
But the part that has caught the blogosphere's attention is what Rocker describes as "...the undeniable fact that the Holocaust would have never taken place had the Jewish citizenry of Hitler's Germany had the right to bear arms and defended themselves with those arms."
The New York Daily News used Rocker's recent comments to remind folks in the Empire State of the pitcher's infamous interview in Sports Illustrated.
"Rocker, already hated by Mets fans for his antics on the mound with the Braves, became Public Enemy No. 1 in December of 1999 when, in a Sports Illustrated story, took his shots at the city and Met fans in particular."
Deadspin pulls no punches mocking Rocker and his column, which compares the President's as-of-then-unproposed gun control plan to "...a similar act of tyrants throughout the 20th century such as Stalin, Mao and Hitler."
In the final analysis, Deadspin's Barry Petchesky snarked "...other than being hyperbolic, mildly offensive, and factually wrong, Rocker's argument is unimpeachable."
A blogger for CBS New York Local says it's behavior like this that makes Rocker "one of the most hated athletes of this generation."