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Indians Minor Leaguer: Gay Porn Role "a Mistake"  
User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 22
Posted (10 years 8 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5339 times:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1720362

CLEVELAND -- 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.

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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User currently offlineRadarbeam From Canada, joined Mar 2002, 1310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5300 times:

So what? It's his life, it's not of anybody else's business.

User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4785 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5292 times:

Where can I get that video?  Wink/being sarcastic

I have been reading up on this case for the past few weeks. Interesting how he has to be so insistent that he is straight. That is definetly possible (though unlikely in my opinion), but I don't think there are that many str8s that would be so desperate for $1000, espescially high-level athletes.

However, it is encouraging to see that his team supporting him.

Maybe this is a small stepping stone for the first major league ball player to come out. I've heard of claims that you could have a pretty decent team (with a few all-stars) with the gay players in the game today.


User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 1 day ago) and read 5250 times:

Why is it an issue?


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User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 22 hours ago) and read 5236 times:

That is definetly possible (though unlikely in my opinion), but I don't think there are that many str8s that would be so desperate for $1000, espescially high-level athletes.

He wasn't a "high-level" athlete when he did this. He was a college kid. And how many mostly straight guys in the porn business have done gay scenes? I'd wager quite a few. So if he says he's straight, I'll give the kid the benefit of the doubt. And if he isn't, so what, as long as he can pitch.  Smile


User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 21 hours ago) and read 5231 times:

There is a former MLB player, Billy Beane, who came out after he was done playing. As for this Japanese kid, it's too bad he has to engage in such denial, assuming he is gay. Says a lot about the state of affairs in MLB these days. I wonder if the gay flick had a baseball theme.  Big grin


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User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 21 hours ago) and read 5219 times:

As for this Japanese kid, it's too bad he has to engage in such denial, assuming he is gay.

How the hell is he in denial, Stretch 8? He says he is not gay, yet you obviously don't give him any benefit of the doubt, and immediately lable him in denial! Talk about a harsh critic, you take the cake.


User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 20 hours ago) and read 5204 times:

I think this hurts him a little though, If he does make it to the majors. Most of the players and coaches will look at him differently, I believe.

User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4785 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 5181 times:

Well, I'm in pretty dire financial straits but you would have to pay me a lot more than $1000 to do str8 porn  Smile/happy/getting dizzy I think that is the mindset of a lot of people are having in seeing the denial of being homosexual as false.

Well, sorry he DID say he "isn't gay". But he didn't say he was str8 either. Maybe that's the best way to weasel his way out of the situation  Wink/being sarcastic

Now that I've seen his picture though, I don't want the video. I was hoping he was cute. You can see it at http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/baseball/mlb/01/27/indians.gay.porno.ap/index.html?cnn=yes


User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 15 hours ago) and read 5144 times:

I hope we find out that Derek Jeter and Andy Pettite made this same "mistake" when they were in college...  Big grin


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User currently offlineN6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 5123 times:

I don't understand is he a pitcher or a catcher?????

User currently offlineMt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6594 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 5117 times:
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Maybe has a nice bat


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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8274 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 5115 times:

You know your team sucks when you have to start hiring gay porn actors....

I don't understand is he a pitcher or a catcher?????

Probably both.



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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8153 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 5110 times:

It's an issue because mainstream American society still can't handle homosexuality in a reasoned, mature manner. It's improving, but we're still at a stage where people have to endure discrimination and ridicule for loving someone of the same sex.

Who cares whether this guy is gay or not - he shouldn't have to say anything either way - his bedroom business is just that. All I care about is whether or not he can perform on a baseball diamond.

Telling commentary on the homosexual condition in Japan as well. It's easy to rag on China and others, but this fellow's treatment, gay or not, was abhorrent, particularly by the Japanese baseball establishment. The Japanese consume generous amounts of lesbian-themed porn, but for some reason having participated in a male-male video makes one a pariah. Bullshit.



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User currently offlineCovert From Ghana, joined Oct 2001, 1451 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5049 times:

If you engage in a homosexual act you are gay, it's as simple as that!


thank goodness for TCAS !
User currently offlineV Jet From Australia, joined May 1999, 719 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5041 times:

Wow Covert, tell that to all the str8 married men who like to play around with guys. They dont think they're gay.

User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5036 times:

If you engage in a homosexual act you are gay, it's as simple as that!

Well, then by your simpleton logic, which is what that is, then a gay person who engages in straight sex-and some do-must be straight, right?


User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 17, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5030 times:

If you engage in a homosexual act you are gay, it's as simple as that!

Read that, KROC? I hope this clears up the last of your "identity issues."



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User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4785 posts, RR: 23
Reply 18, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5004 times:

Just found the screenshots from the video. Apparantley now it is being sold in quantity, not just on the black market as earlier claimed. I won't post the link here to avoid offending people, you'll have to request it  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 19, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5001 times:

CPDC10-30, can I have the link? And where can I order the full video? DO they have same-day shipping?

Signed, KROC



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User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4785 posts, RR: 23
Reply 20, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4993 times:

I could see that coming a mile away...  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4994 times:

CPDC10-30, can I have the link? And where can I order the full video? DO they have same-day shipping?

Signed, KROC




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User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11660 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4976 times:

So, he is young and thin. Those seem to be the only qualifications for being in a gay porno. If he's got it, why not flaunt it? Meanwhile, some of us are told we are too old and fat to do even the simplest things like date or have friends.

GO CANUCKS!!

[Edited 2004-01-30 19:51:51]


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User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4962 times:

OMG, Doing a gay porn film could be a life altering mistake? AA61hvy take the camcorder back to Best Buy and see if you can cancel our hotel reservations.

Signed,
KROC


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4949 times:

Startvalve, I've seen a better attempt from Singapore_Air. You lose.

Alpha 1 - Stop stealing my gimmick. I will set that big ass open sewer you call the Cayahoga River a blaze yet again if you keep up that mess.


25 Post contains images ConcordeBoy : Maybe has a nice bat um, he's Japanese dude.......... (flame on ) If you engage in a homosexual act you are gay, it's as simple as that! Congratulatio
26 Startvalve : Lesbians are more socially acceptable, they just are, I know this is unfair but men are horny and MOST men like lesbians. The act is not what makes yo
27 Post contains images TWFirst : >>I am not saying homsexuality is a mindset or decision or even if its genetic. there are thousands of gay people out there convinced they are straigh
28 Post contains images Alpha 1 : Nice threat there, KROC, but the only thing it will get you is.... OUT FOR THE COUNT!!
29 Post contains images ConcordeBoy : Lesbians are more socially acceptable, they just are I wouldnt argue that with you for a second I am betting there are gay porn stars that are straigh
30 Post contains images Johnboy : From what I've seen on the video box cover, he puts to rest that myth about Japanese men in general.
31 727LOVER : What exactly does he do in the movie????
32 Post contains images ConcordeBoy : From what I've seen on the video box cover, he puts to rest that myth about Japanese men in general by what... confirming it?
33 Bernard Shakey : You hit one homerun and that doesn't make you a power hitter. You steal one base and that doesn't make you a speedster. But make one little gay porno
34 Johnboy : From what I've seen on the video box cover, he puts to rest that myth about Japanese men in general by what... confirming it? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ N
35 Post contains images ConcordeBoy : you *do* realize that not only can they, but 99% of the time do, manipulate the "images" (if you follow me) on the box exteriors for the sole purpose
36 Post contains images CPDC10-30 : Actually considering he had a slave collar on it doesn't change my preception of Japanese at all
37 Deltaflyertoo : I personally think the whole thing is messed up....he says hes not gay, but how could anyone NOT be gay engage in that. St8 sex doesn't exactly take a
38 Covert : Originally Posted by Alpha 1 Well, then by your simpleton logic, which is what that is, then a gay person who engages in straight sex-and some do-must
39 Post contains images ConcordeBoy : People say a lot of st8 guys are doing gay porn, thats tough to comprehend. Nothing tough about it... the #1 reason most men get into gay porn is debt
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