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Indians pitcher: Gay porn video was mistake

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Tadano asks for forgiveness,

expects abuse from fans

 

Kazuhito Tadano never got a second chance in Japan, where the pitcher was shunned by pro baseball teams after he appeared in a gay pornographic video. However, the Cleveland Indians have accepted Tadano, who may make their club this season.

The Associated Press

Updated: 9:15 p.m. ET Jan. 27, 2004CLEVELAND - Indians minor leaguer Kazuhito Tadano is asking for forgiveness for what he called a one-time mistake — his appearance in a gay porn video in which he engaged in a homosexual act.

 

 

Tadano took part in the video three years ago when he was a college student. Sitting in the Cleveland clubhouse Tuesday, the pitcher said he hoped to put his actions in the past.

 

“All of us have made mistakes in our lives,” Tadano said, reading a statement in English. “Hopefully, you learn from them and move on.”

 

Shunned by Japanese baseball teams, the 23-year-old Tadano signed with the Indians last March. They think he can make their club this spring.

 

Tadano gave few details about the video, which he made after his sophomore year at Rikkyo University.

 

“I did participate in a video and I regret it very much,” he said. “It was a one-time incident that showed bad judgment and will never be repeated. I was young, playing baseball, and going to college and my teammates and I needed money.

 

“Frankly, if I were more mature and had really thought about the implications of what I did, it never would have happened.”

 

Through an interpreter, Tadano added: “I’m not gay. I’d like to clear that fact up right now.”

 

The Indians set up the press session after getting many requests from reporters to speak with Tadano. The team wanted to address the issue before spring training starts next month.

 

Tadano’s admission will certainly draw attention to homosexuality in baseball, a sensitive issue that most players prefer to not even discuss.

 

In 2002, All-Star catcher Mike Piazza felt the need to hold a press conference to profess his heterosexuality after a newspaper gossip columnist suggested that one of the New York Mets’ top players was gay.

 

There are no openly gay players in the big leagues today. The same is true in the NFL, NHL and NBA.

 

Tadano was one of Japan’s top college pitchers and expected to be a high first-round pick in 2002. But after a Japanese tabloid published photos of him in the video a month before the draft, pro teams in Japan did not select him.

 

“The commissioner of Japanese baseball came out and said, ’You will not draft Tadano,”’ asserted the pitcher’s agent, Alan Nero. “But this kid didn’t assault anybody. He didn’t commit murder. If anything, he is guilty of being naive.”

 

Twice in the minor leagues last season, Tadano stood before his teammates and confessed to his participation in the video, which Nero said can only be obtained on the black market in Japan.

 

Tadano received overwhelming support from players at Kinston, N.C., where he started the season and later at Akron, the Indians’ Double-A affiliate.

 

“I wanted to tell the truth to my teammates,” he said.

 

A former starter, he pitched in all three levels of the minors last season, going 6-2 with a 1.55 ERA and three saves. At Akron, he didn’t allow a run in his first 28 innings and struck out 78 in 72 2-3 innings.

 

Outfielder Grady Sizemore said Tadano’s speech last year was well received in the clubhouse.

 

“You could tell he was nervous,” said Sizemore, a top prospect who lived with Tadano this winter. “But I don’t think it changed anybody’s opinion of him. After it was said and done, nobody thought anything more of it. He’s a great guy and a great pitcher.”

 

If he pitches well during spring training, Tadano could win a spot in Cleveland’s bullpen. Whenever he joins the Indians, pitcher C.C. Sabathia says Tadano will be welcomed.

 

“This is the right team and the right organization for him,” Sabathia said. “We have good guys here. Everybody has done something that they regret in their lives. He’s a person just like everyone else.”

 

Tadano tried out for several major league teams last spring in Arizona. Coming off an elbow injury, he didn’t get any offers. Nero said some teams were turned off by what he called “the scandal.”

 

“He didn’t pitch well enough for them to ignore it,” Nero said. “I also think they were afraid of the baggage that would come with it.”

 

Not the Indians. They liked Tadano enough to invite him to work out at their spring training facility in Winter Haven, Fla. Eventually, they signed him to a minor league contract that included a $67,500 bonus.

 

General manager Mark Shapiro said the team decided to sign Tadano despite knowing there could be backlash.

 

“We thought the upside was well worth the risk, energy and time to support him,” Shapiro said.

 

Tadano knows he may face fan abuse in major league parks such as Yankee Stadium, where heckling the visitors is part of the pageantry.

 

He joked that he’s ready for it.

 

“I don’t understand English, so it doesn’t really matter,” he said.

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HAHA I heard about this on the radio last night.

 

I wouldn’t draft him either. Fuck having a gay porno fag on my team. I wouldn’t hire a heterosexual porn guy either. I don’t care if he’s a solid 15 game winner. The Indians don’t need him that bad.

 

He almost implies that his teammates partook (is that a word?) in the gay porn industy as well, eh? “me and my teammates needed money.”

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i think he should just do it more often.

 

put that money on top of the mlb salary, get fat paid. he'd probably make it big now, no pun intended.

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Maybe someone can clear this up for me

 

Originally posted by Dusty Lipschitz

 

Tadano is asking for forgiveness for what he called a one-time mistake — his appearance in a gay porn video in which he engaged in a homosexual act.

 

 

Through an interpreter, Tadano added: “I’m not gay. I’d like to clear that fact up right now.”

 

 

 

:confused:

 

 

I just don't understand.

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Where are the jokes?

 

I mean c'mon...he's a pitcher for a baseball team...they have catchers... he's participated in a gay porno....where are the damn jokes?

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Well how does the fact him being gay affect his pitching is what i want to know? I think the smartest people in this whole situation is the Indians. They dont care if they have a fruit on the team, as long as he can throw a high 90's fastball... or a sick slider or some shit..

 

 

and am i mistaken but didnt a guy in the NFL come out of the closet just a few years ago? chargers or ravens ??? guys came out of the closet and either hes retired or still playing i dont know? he has a "life partner" and has a kid i think.. anybody clear this up?

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He was on the Chargers. He came out after he had left the NFL. While in the NFL, he would often get girls to kiss him in public in order to dispel any suspicions of him being gay.

 

I know this jewish lawyer who is a baseball fanatic. On the car ride home from a game one day, he listed off several homosexual baseball players. Some of the guys from the ‘70’s and shit, too. He seemed to know his stuff.

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Originally posted by Telo

Well how does the fact him being gay affect his pitching is what i want to know? I think the smartest people in this whole situation is the Indians. They dont care if they have a fruit on the team, as long as he can throw a high 90's fastball... or a sick slider or some shit..

If he is gay

if he starred in 100's of porn

who cares?

as long as he can play good, it shouldn't matter.

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i foresee opposing teams playing the "YMCA" song after this dude gives up homeruns.... it's gonna be ugly.

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Originally posted by Poop Man Bob

Oh, come on. I mean, we've all done that before.

 

some of us a little more recently than others

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Originally posted by Telo

and am i mistaken but didnt a guy in the NFL come out of the closet just a few years ago? chargers or ravens ??? guys came out of the closet and either hes retired or still playing i dont know? he has a "life partner" and has a kid i think.. anybody clear this up?

 

 

esera tuaolo played for the packers, vikings, jaguars, falcons, and panthers...

 

http://www.eseratuaolo.com/

 

don't front, he could still kick yo mothafuckin ass ;x

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Originally posted by SteveAustin

Where are the jokes?

 

I mean c'mon...he's a pitcher for a baseball team...they have catchers... he's participated in a gay porno....where are the damn jokes?

 

IRONICALLY, IN HIS FILM, TADANO NOT ONLY PLAYED CATCHER, BUT ALSO HIT FOR THE CYCLE.

 

 

*BUH DUM PISH*

 

 

 

MEROE MLB TEAM BRONX

SOMTIMES IS GOTTA DO IT

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Originally posted by SteveAustin

Where are the jokes?

 

I mean c'mon...he's a pitcher for a baseball team...they have catchers... he's participated in a gay porno....where are the damn jokes?

 

THE CLEVELAND INDIANS HAVE SIGNED TADANO ON AS A PITCHER, BUT IN HIS PREVIOUS CAREER AS A HOMO PORN STAR HE WAS KNOWN TO SWITCH POSITIONS PRETTY FREQUENTLY.

 

 

 

MEROE

WHOA

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^^ he was hoping to get signed as a tight end... but then realized he's in the wrong sport...and he didn't meet the requirements regardless.

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Originally posted by Telo

Well how does the fact him being gay affect his pitching is what i want to know? I think the smartest people in this whole situation is the Indians. They dont care if they have a fruit on the team, as long as he can throw a high 90's fastball... or a sick slider or some shit..

 

 

and am i mistaken but didnt a guy in the NFL come out of the closet just a few years ago? chargers or ravens ??? guys came out of the closet and either hes retired or still playing i dont know? he has a "life partner" and has a kid i think.. anybody clear this up?

 

there was a hawain (sp) guy that played for the vikings a few years ago that is now openly gay, but only came out after he retired. I'm pretty sure he was a d linemen. There was also a guy who played on the dodgers in the eighties that came out after he retired. HBO had a special on them.

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