Luke Scott plays for the Orioles. He hit 27 home runs last season. In his off time, he likes to hunt. Oh, and Scott also thinks that President Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States.
Big League Stew's David Brown spoke with Scott at the winter meetings Tuesday, and for 20 minutes, the conversation was pretty benign. Topics ranged from baseball to hunting (absolutely love that Scott had an 8x11 photo of a recent hunting trip on his person at the winter meetings ... that's commitment), to firearms to the second amendment (naturally), to ... the president.
Brown asked Scott how he thought Obama was doing. Scott spoke frankly:
Obama does not represent America. Nor does he represent anything what our forefathers stood for. This country is basically built on an attitude. It's a way of life. It's not because you're born here. It's not that you're supposed to take from those who have and give to those who haven't. That kills a country. It killed Russia.Later in the interview Scott said, "[Obama] was not born here," before adding, "That's my belief. I was born here. If someone accuses me of not being born here, I can go - within 10 minutes - to my filing cabinet and I can pick up my real birth certificate and I can go, 'See? Look! Here it is. Here it is.' The man has dodged everything. He dodges questions, he doesn't answer anything. And why? Because he's hiding something."
So that happened.
(In related news, Yahoo posted a copy of Obama's Hawaiian birth certificate. Not sure if Scott realizes that Hawaii joined the Union, which might explain his confusion. Whatever, the point remains: there's a reason no one should ever ask athletes, celebrities or Sarah Palin about their politics views.)