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An Apology

I recently wrote an article that caused a lot of anger. I have been rightfully criticized for the piece and so in its place, I am leaving this apology and clarification. I have removed the piece because it was hurtful to many that read it.

As a young writer, I made a series of mistakes in my recent article about pitcher Josh Lueke. I touched on a very sensitive topic in his arrest for rape, and how it all relates to his future in major league baseball. As a writer, it is my responsibility to clearly present my thoughts and analysis to the reader. Unfortunately, I was careless in my usage of several words and phrases, which caused the article to take on a tone I did not intend.

I don’t condone rape — it’s among the most heinous crimes a person could possibly commit — and I absolutely do not approve of what Josh Lueke did. Just because he pled it down to a lesser charge does not mean he should not continue to be judged in the court of public opinion.

Even if he’s attracting attention in Rays camp, what Josh Lueke did is unqualifiedly terrible and I can’t watch him pitch without asking myself endlessly how in the world this guy is getting another chance. I wondered if in the minds of fans, would Lueke’s sins begin to fade if he continued to pitch well? I hoped to explore that but I did a poor job of doing so.

In exploring this issue, I did not exhibit nearly enough care, talking far too much about baseball and far too little about consequences. It is entirely my fault that the article took the tone that it did.

We can’t pretend that Josh Lueke doesn’t exist. He has been pitching well at Rays camp and that is why I decided to write about him. I think this situation, in which athletes are sometimes given second chances by fans simply because they are good at playing sports, is worth exploring. I wish I had done a better job of doing so. I especially am regretful that my lack of clarity made it seem as if I count myself among those that would willingly push aside the reality of what Lueke has done, for my enjoyment of baseball.

I apologize for any hurt or anger I caused my readers. As I continue to develop as a writer, I will do my best to avoid such missteps in the future. Myself, the staff here at Rays Colored Glasses and the editorial team at FanSided have decided to pull the original post. We won’t continue to stand behind an article that is causing so much distress and clearly misrepresents the opinions of myself as a writer, this site’s staff and FanSided as a company.

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20 Comments on An Apology

  1. Rene BORK says:

    Fuck you you rape apologist.

  2. Marian Hossa says:

    I’m sorry, but he raped someone. He is disgusting, and it should follow him around for the rest of his life.

  3. Joshua Ryan says:

    If his past is ever forgotten, we will have failed as a species. No amount of baseballs pitched will ever make him not human garbage. Saying he deserves a pass is abhorrent.

  4. When are you writing your ‘The better a coach Jerry Sandusky is, the more it doesn’t matter he raped tons of kids.’ article?

  5. Sean Metts says:

    Wow. This is part of what is wrong with sports culture today. Unbelieveable. This story = Penn State fans, Stuebenville rape supporters

  6. Mitch Wheels says:

    Explain how ” never been regarded as a problem in any clubhouse he has been in” has anything to do with raping a girl? How are those two connected even in the slightest? A truly pathetic article

  7. *claps on 1 and 3* says:

    Dismantling the very foundation of someone’s life cannot be made up with a plus fastball. What a retch-worthy post.

  8. Guest says:

    “you have to appreciate the way he has persevered through the critical mistake he made”

    Really? I have to appreciate that he has continued to play baseball after being charged with rape & pleading guilty to False Imprisonment? Yeah, he sounds like such a trooper.

  9. Oh thank God! And here I’ve been worrying Lueke would let himself get bogged down by the knowledge that he forcibly violated somebody in one of the most unforgivable ways imaginable.

  10. Chris says:

    “…you have to appreciate the way he has persevered through the critical mistake he made and all the opportunities that have passed him by.”
    No, I don’t. He’s scum. “Persevered through the critical mistake he made?” He ruined someones life. That’s a bit more than a “critical mistake.” “Opportunities that have passed him by?” If opportunities have passed him by, it’s because by his actions he asked for and deserved to be forgotten, passed over, skipped, and rejected. In every phase of life. They Rays should never have touched this piece of trash. And people like you who think rape is OK should be tossed out with the trash too.

  11. Pete Lynch says:

    It should never be forgotten, and the Rays are a terrible franchise for employing him. MLB can silently blacklist Jose Canseco but not a rapist? Bud Selig is a total coward.

    • Tom Brown says:

      Canseco took the innocence of millions of people who idolized him growing up, when they found out he was a cheater. Lueke took one person’s innocence (if that, she wasn’t all that innocent if she got drunk and went to the guy’s house). So I think baseball made the right decision.

  12. rooj says:

    This is a truly unbelievable post when paired with CNN’s analysts who lament the lost opportunities of the Steubenville football players. Please PLEASE write a follow up post where you either explain this connection, or go ahead and apologize for it. This type of thinking is exactly what is allowing sports stars to get a free pass on sexual assaults. Kobe, Ben Roes, etc.

  13. This would be hilarious if it weren’t so disturbing. Another variation of “Our sports stars can be excused by being sports stars and performing!” (“Rays-Colored Glasses”? Ya don’t say.) See: “As Lueke finds success…his past
    will be forgotten as Rays fans watch their team win games.” Not ethics, morals, religious guilt, maturity, whatever…just throwing a ball. This says more about the poverty of your (lack of) introspection than about the lastest burnout (and rapist) you feel can help the Rays win more games. Truly amazing. (Added — I’m surprised that this blog post is still up — hopefully the editors at SI are just as disturbed and are hanging you out to dry…)

  14. We have to do more than just scream at this writer. This is my challenge to the men out there reading this. We have to stop rape before it starts. Don’t get me wrong I want to be the hero that kicks in the door and stops the “bad guy”.

    We’ve got to challenge rape culture, the way we speak about women among ourselves. When we hear our friends disrespect the women in their lives, and say it’s none of our business. We have to talk to women and understand what it’s like to live in a world where what they wear and where they go has to be considered because of the constant threat of rape.

    We have to talk to men about rape. 15-20% of Men will be raped in their lifetimes, jokes about prison rape, hollering at women walking down the street.

    We have to realize rape begins in our hearts when we refuse to see the inherit humanity of another human being. When we reduce people to objects. Rape doesn’t begin at the beginning of the act, Rape is the culmination of all that and more.

    I don’t want to live in a world where when a woman sees me walking down the street considers me a potential rapist because that’s the reality of living in her skin.

    But hey go local sports team right?

    • Pete Lynch says:

      It should start with Josh Lueke being blacklisted and banned from pro sports. Why is he even here? He shouldn’t be. He should be released and every team should never touch him, no matter how great a pitcher he is (and he kind of isnt).

    • Bill Sanders says:

      Glad to see you mention the fact the 20% of men are rape victims. But beyond physical rape, how about mental, emotional and financial rape – by women and the court system? Radical Feminism has infected every area of our culture. Boys and men are assumed evil, given Ritalin and considered disposable, whereas girls and women are treasured and supported in every possible way. Until society rejects Feminism and embraces Men as God made them – we will live in a rape culture where everyone is a victim.

      • el TiMbo Libre says:

        Please tell me you’re being ironic. There is no “comparable” rape to physical rape. The women are the real victims are rape culture. Everyone else is co-opting a word for their self-absorbed whining. Men are pigeonholed because society blames them for rape culture? Have you seen how women still are represented in male-centric music and other media? Bloo-bloo, cry me a river. I accept my gender’s role in this and pledge to live my life with the utmost of respect for all women. Men are NOT suffering unreasonably because of radical feminism, and using the term “rape” to equate to some new inconvenience men face is beyond idiotic.

  15. Guest says:

    ” I especially am regretful that my lack of clarity made it seem as if I count myself among those that would willingly push aside the reality of what Lueke has done, for my enjoyment of baseball.”

    So here’s a suggestion: Don’t let people push aside the reality of what Lueke has done. You have an audience, however big or small. When people start talking about how great Lueke is, whether on the mound or in the clubhouse, remind them of his past.

    You can’t complain about how others treat Lueke if you do the same thing.

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