Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds’ first baseman, has apologized for the comments he made belittling fellow Canadian baseball player, James Paxton and lashing out on Canada as a whole. This after Paxton successfully threw a no-hitter in Toronto. Votto says his remarks were “out of a side of jealousy”. Read on.
Joey Votto’s Comments
On a podcast released Tuesday by Yahoo! Sports, Joey Votto could be heard saying that he “couldn’t give a rat’s a**” that Paxton was the first baseball player from Canada to throw a no-hitter on his home country’s soil.
Votto says on the podcast: “I don’t care almost at all about Canadian baseball. I wasn’t raised inside of Canadian baseball really. I’m coming up on half of my life being in the United States working and being supported by American baseball.”
In reference to Paxton, Votto said that “as far as Toronto, Canadian baseball, and the country of Canada, and [James Paxton] being Canadian, I don’t care at all.”
His Apology to Paxton and Canada
In a letter published on Wednesday, by the Canadian Baseball Network, Votto apologised for the comments he made, saying he was “ridiculously selfish and short-sighted”. The 34-year-old says he is “saddened that [he] was so flagrant with [his] remarks and more importantly that [he] offended so many people that mean so much to [him].”
“It was an odd reply and one I am terribly ashamed of,” said Votto.
“I would not be where I am now without the efforts of so many Canadian baseball people and the fans of Canadian baseball.”
On May 8, Paxton, who’s from Columbia, threw a no-hitter in the Seattle Mariners defeating the Blue Jays 5-0.
To James Paxton, the Blue Jays, the Toronto fans, the women and men all across Canada that work so hard to promote and support Canadian baseball, I am sorry for my selfish comments and I humbly ask for your forgiveness,” the letter concluded.
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