- The Washington Times - Friday, December 31, 1999

Pitcher strikes out as role model

John Rocker, the latest "professional" athlete to become a disaster as a role model for young people, has proved once again that you don't need brains to throw a baseball and make a seven-figure income ("Rocker to New York: Drop dead," Dec. 23).
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;While highlighting every conceivable stereotype of every minority group, the Atlanta Braves pitcher not only made a complete boob of himself, but managed to buttress the stereotypical image of the Southern redneck. This is an image that scarcely applies to the contemporary Georgian or any of his neighbors below the Mason-Dixon Line. The post-Lester Maddox, George Wallace, Bull Connor Southerner has marched into the new millennium with pride and sophistication that look with embarrassment and disdain on the likes of dinosaurs such as Rocker.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;Occasionally, the ugly face of bigotry will rise up out of the swamp, wipe the slime from around its mouth and spew its racist, sexist, homophobic venom. Thankfully, as we begin the third millennium, fewer and fewer John Rockers will be welcome in it.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;BOB WEIR
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;Flower Mound, Texas

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