June 24, 2018

Former Blue Jays star gets booted from Hall of Fame event for “unsafe” banter

David MenziesMission Specialist

 

It seems everything that’s the slightest bit offensive is now classified as a “safety” issue, as was the case earlier this month when the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame removed former Toronto Blue Jays star Kelly Gruber from their induction festivities.

It happened after he uttered “controversial” remarks during a panel discussion but what did he say that was so offensive?

As far as I can tell, Kelly was just hamming it up. Whether some found it funny, unfunny or downright embarrassing at the very least it was entertaining.

But check out the statement from Homeland Sports founder Kevin Kennedy who thought it was incumbent upon him to issue a press release to address this so-called “incident.”

“It is our firm belief that no one should be made to feel uncomfortable, unsafe, or should endure forms of harassment whether it be in the workplace, at home, or on the street.”

Unsafe? There’s that word again! And in relation to impolite language?

What a shame. At the end of the day, sports is about entertainment, and in that business, you’ve got to be good, or bad, or so bad you’re good.

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commented 2018-06-26 15:14:57 -0400
Paul McCullough,

Hilarious! The Canada we are living in today is like something from a Monty Python skit decades ago, except that the scenario you referenced would have been rejected as too implausible. It’s stranger than 1960’s fiction.
commented 2018-06-26 13:43:21 -0400
- The show must now be shut down under hate speech laws. They prejudged Kelly’s gender. That is practically a death penalty offence among the left these days is it not?
commented 2018-06-25 18:19:37 -0400
Alan Peterson, Bingo!!
commented 2018-06-25 14:45:38 -0400
MAURICE POTVIN commented 22 hours ago
Intentionally or not, he embarrassed himself and doesn’t even seem to have enough insight to realize that he did.
________________________________________________________________________________The real story, Maurice, is that our PM does this on weekly basis and still a has supporters.
commented 2018-06-25 11:00:44 -0400
Black Pigeon Speaks tells it like it is about Euro-ethnocide in Canada on Youtube from a safe location in Japan. The fact that he has to do it from there tells you everything you need to know about Canada’s future.
commented 2018-06-25 08:19:02 -0400
I never watch sports any more.

Free speech is only allows if you are “tender” and not wiling to say something unless it makes a special interest group feel good.

Call a fat adn black welfare recipient fat and lazy and you are castigated for telling the truth.

Call an islamic that supports terror – and they ALL do in one manner or another – a terrorist or terrorist supporter and you will be castigated for telling the truth.

Call a trudeau lover an idiot and you will be castigated for telling the truth.

Tell someone that “diversity” is a society killer (and remember – only whites promote diversity) and you will be castigated for telling the truth.

And the beat goes on – just stand up and tell folks to eff off.
commented 2018-06-25 08:07:36 -0400
He was playing the part of an asshole. you get what you get for that
commented 2018-06-25 03:24:05 -0400
Sorry, but this is horse manure!! These people, particularly men, who are now advocating women’s rights, are so full of manure you can smell them from Parliament Hill (probably because that’s where it smells the most).
I have to laugh at men who profess to be supportive of women. Hog wash!
This is simply the suck in de jour. Women are being used. Period. And stupid women are being sucked in.
Trudeau is a perfect example of sucking in women and making them ‘think’ he is in their favour.
NOT.
commented 2018-06-25 02:11:25 -0400
And then there is Trudeau’s and the Liberals’ continual parade of screwups since they got back into power. Canada will be damaged beyond repair by 2019 thanks to this incompetent and traitorous Prime Minister. The damage will take some time to fully manifest itself, but by 2030, no matter who wins next time, it will be a country that even people born in 1990 won’t recognize for the horror of it. Like I don’t recognize it in 2018.
commented 2018-06-25 02:03:10 -0400
I forgot to mention that the Liberals picking Trudeau for leader showed that they were only interested in winning and getting back into power for power’s sake, not governing the country wisely for the people’s sake. In so doing, they demonstrated why the Liberals should never again be made the party holding power in Ottawa.
commented 2018-06-25 01:57:11 -0400
‘Daniel’,

There wasn’t anyone who would have made a great Liberal leader, because there is no such thing. But anyone else who ran for the job would have been a phenomenal improvement over Christianphobic Justin Trudeau.
commented 2018-06-24 22:10:32 -0400
Daniel Ocean how about Liberals admit they screwed up picking Justin for leader. They had actual intelligent and worldly people to choose from. I do not get offended when people say we screwed up picking Mulroney, nor would i defend him for invalid reasons.
commented 2018-06-24 22:05:44 -0400
Daniel Ocean we attack Liberals because they steal from us and tell us what we can and can’t do. A joke would not bother me in any way. Though typed comments make it hard to convey intentions and feelings some times. And getting called an Islamophobe to deflect from actual criticism is an attack, same with the pathetic race card.
commented 2018-06-24 22:03:23 -0400
Amy Lynn he got booted for it, what kind of wimps are around these days?
commented 2018-06-24 21:15:46 -0400
Why do we read so much about people picking on each other for the simplest reasons. It starts as a joke like comment but often, as time goes by, the comments become more caustic. Perhaps it is because of what is happening in the world, with the Muslims and so on. Some people feel that what is happening in Canada and what Trudeau is encouraging, is a frightful thing but are scared to talk about it for fear of being labeled racist, this leads to an apprehensive feeling that shows as minor aggression toward friends.
Just a thought.
commented 2018-06-24 20:41:26 -0400
DIRK KANIS commented 10 hours ago
11. progress in Saudi

If you have not read this letter posted by Dirk as a link, then now is your chance. What a disgusting attitude.
That is if it’s true.
………………………………….

A Saudi woman has been telling the Rochdale Herald how she’s looking forward to being allowed to drive to the stoning of a woman for adultery for the first time next week.

Fatima Hummus told us, “In the past I’ve had to be driven around by a male relative. It’s really inconvenient so I’ll be happy when the law changes next week.”

Fatima told us she was going to be attending the execution of a childhood friend next Friday. Fatima’s friend was sentenced to death by stoning several weeks ago after it was found she had been found in a shopping centre with somebody she was barely related to.

Fatima said, “Normally I have to wait around. They do the stoning after Friday prayers and my brother is a friend of the Imam so usually he likes to stop and chat for a bit afterwards. They start the killing around 12. Sometimes we’re late and can’t get a place at the front near the peanut sellers. The stoning is the main event so I don’t expect that she’ll be led out until about 1 after a couple of beheadings. There’s also supposed to be 5 lashings as well.”

Fatima went on, “It’ll be handy because I can just drive myself and get there a bit faster. They have valet parking so I don’t have to worry about trying to find a space.”

The British Government have been effusive in their praise of the signs of liberalisation of the Saudi regime.

Cliff Edge said, “This is excellent news. Now female arms sales people will be able to sell them weapons so they can bomb Yemeni people. Who knows, they may even allow women to fly aircraft that bomb Yemeni women in markets. We can but hope.”

Saudi women will be allowed to drive to their own stoning’s from 24 June.
commented 2018-06-24 18:57:09 -0400
They’re here , they’re there , they’re everywhere . The Human Interaction Police will protect you from words that never used to hurt you.
commented 2018-06-24 18:00:06 -0400
Saying stupid things does not make for an unsafe environment, however doing something stupid may create an unsafe environment.
There is a huge difference between the two and those that can’t differentiate between the two should not be involved in creating policy.
commented 2018-06-24 17:10:13 -0400
people say kelly was drunk and definitely said the wrong thing. hopefully, he does not have a drinking problem but david, come on, what he said was stupid. unsafe or stupid, who cares, it should not have been said in public.
commented 2018-06-24 16:57:51 -0400
I didn’t think it was funny or unintentionally. I think it was just very awkward. However, it definitely was NOT unsafe. But I have to say, sports commentary doesn’t seem to be a good fit for Kelly Gruber. Perhaps he should look for other ways to occupy his retirement years. Intentionally or not, he embarrassed himself and doesn’t even seem to have enough insight to realize that he did.
commented 2018-06-24 16:56:42 -0400
One guy called it “unsafe” and only did so because Gruber appeared inebriated. Menzies is obviously low on subject material.