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Are Atlanta Braves Fans Anti-Gay?

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Friday Oct 18, 2013
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Atlanta Braves’ Justin Upton
Atlanta Braves’ Justin Upton  (Source:Matt York / Associated Press)

On Thursday, millions of people put on purple to show their support for Spirit Day, including officials the Major League Baseball. But according to a report by Project Q Atlanta, fans of the Atlanta Braves didn’t respond well with the campaign and bullied the baseball team.

As Project Q reports, the Braves have been LGBT-supportive for some time, holding gay nights and taking part in anti-bullying videos. Their pro-gay effort stem from an incident involving Braves’ pitching coach Roger McDowell, who apologized for using anti-gay slurs before a game in 2011.

Along with just about every other MLB team, Braves officials took to the team’s official social media websites to write, "Stand up against bullying and stick up for LGBT youth by going purple for‪#‎SpiritDay‬ 10/17. Go purple now: http://glaad.org/spiritday" on Thursday.

But some fans were quick to slam the team for their LGBT support and Project Q rounded up some of the fans’ negative responses to the tweet:

"Nah I’m good. They can stick up for themselves."

"No.... That’s gay"

"I’m all for anti-bullying, but those kids need Jesus, not encouragement to pursue that lifestyle. As a long-time Braves fan, I am very disappointed that this was posted here. I will love people for who they are and encourage them to find hope in Christ, and definitely rally against bullying, but I will not celebrate sin!"

"Stick with baseball. Homosexuality is an abomination."

"Well, I pulled my son from Boy Scouts due to their support of homosexuality and now guess I am no longer a Braves fan. And yes I will remove myself and refrain from supporting any organization or people who support LGB groups no matter the age!"

And there are several more negative replies, which you can check out here.

On Thursday members of the Braves made statements about Spirit Day.

"Everyone deserves acceptance and tolerance regardless of race, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religious beliefs," Braves right fielder Justin Upton said. "If you are being bullied, you should know you are not alone. You should also know it is not your fault. Please confide in someone: Your parents, your teacher, a friend. It’s important to let someone know you are hurting. And if you know or see someone being bullied, do something about it."

"It seems that bullying has gone to a whole new level in the last several years, and the consequences are staggering," Braves president John Schuerholz added. "We know that kids listen to their favorite athletes, and we had many of our players who wanted to be a part of this. Hopefully, hearing from someone they admire will result in them seeking the help they need."

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