Noted scholar John Rocker has always been full of brilliant social commentary and wisdom. His most popular study came out about 15 years ago when, in an interview with Sports Illustrated, he offered a series of amazing observations regarding why New York City is the worst place ever.
Among the more popular quotes from that particular piece:
"I would retire first. It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the [Number] 7 train to the ballpark, looking like you're [riding through] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It's depressing."
"The biggest thing I don't like about New York are the foreigners. I'm not a very big fan of foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?"
"How bad are Asian women at driving?"
Once he was branded a racist, homophobe and all-around lunatic, Rocker got shooed away from the big boy table. Nobody heard from him. Nobody saw him. When news dropped a few years back that he had admitted to using performance enhancing drugs during his playing days, nobody batted an eye because, again, nobody cared about John Rocker.
He wasn’t worth the effort it takes to be outraged.
In a column he recently wrote for World Net Daily, the former Atlanta Braves pitcher suggested that there is a magic elixir that could have prevented the holocaust. Per his piece:
Mr. Obama wants to severely neuter the Second Amendment and disarm the law-abiding citizens of this nation, a similar act of tyrants throughout the 20th century such as Stalin, Mao and Hitler. Absolute certainties are a rare thing in this life, but one I think can be collectively agreed upon is the undeniable fact that the Holocaust would have never taken place had the Jewish citizenry of Hitler’s Germany had the right to bear arms and defended themselves with those arms.
If anyone of note said that, the sheer ridiculousness would probably drum up some negative reactions. However, because it’s a nobody like Rocker who wrote that awful piece, this incident figures to pass relatively quietly.
He still isn't worth the effort it takes to be outraged.