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Donald Trump Earns Coveted Endorsement from John Rocker

Notorious former Atlanta Braves closer admires The Donald's "sack" and "backbone."


In an exclusive interview,

You're f**ing out!

former Atlanta Braves closer John Rocker tells The Daily Caller he supports Donald Trump for president. And why not? The retired pitcher shares Trump's xenophobic sensibilities as well as what Peter Suderman described as The Donald's "gleeful, unapolagetic incivility."

Rocker explains his support for the billionaire New Yorker:

I wish someone, excuse the frankness here, would have the sack, would have the backbone to make unpopular comments, and when folks come out — mainly media, special interest groups, factions, things like that — and just start hammering them and demanding apologies… I've always wanted to see the person that's like, 'Yeah, I've made these comments, these are my beliefs, and you know what, if you don't like it stick it. I'm not apologizing, I'm not changing.

In 1999, a moment that was arguably the peak of his six-year career in major league baseball, Rocker was quoted by Sports Illustrated (SI) discussing his visceral horror at the idea of playing for a New York-based team:

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.

Later, Rocker got more specific about New York values:

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

Shortly after the SI interview was published, Rocker was suspended by then-MLB Commissioner Bud Selig for his comments, becoming the first player ever disciplined for off-the-field speech. But in the decade and a half since, the bombastic pitcher who served as the model for Kenny Powers, the loathsome lead character in HBO's show Eastbound and Down, appears to have experienced an evolution of sorts.  

Rocker tells the Daily Caller that Trump does indeed represent "New York values," but that he thinks that's a good thing:

[New Yorkers] are always striving for the best. 'We want to be the best.' The best. It can get a little obnoxious and arrogant but at the same time, it can be a good thing…Yes it's a bit of a racket living in New York because everything is so expensive but people who live there, they love it and they're willing to work damn hard and get callouses on their hands and elbow grease on their elbows just to live there, and I think that's very commendable in a lot of areas.

In 2014, Vice tried to get to know the real John Rocker. Watch below.

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  1. 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.

    Trump’s veep candidate?

    1. No way. Palin’s got that sweet gig all sewn up. Rocker can be Secretary of State.

      1. Sadly, he’ll still be the best one of the 2010’s

      2. He should be the America, Fuck Yeah Czar.

      1. Nicole already beat you to it down below, dude. You had to know that only the worst could deliver that news first.

        1. Of course Nicole would beat me to that news. She really is the Worst.

    2. Rocker was just being the polite Southern boy his mama raised him to be. “When in Rome….” is a Southern credo, a gracious, refined, genteel person of breeding knows you accept the customs of your host as if they were your own. As a guest in New York City, Rocker simply talked the same way New Yorkers talk. Except as a polite God-fearing Southern boy, he couldn’t bring himself to add the requisite “What the fuck you lookin’ at?” and that faux pas marked him forever as an outsider, that one slip of the tongue and the poor boy is forever tormented by his failure to show the proper courtesy to his hosts.

      1. while he offended the gods of PC, the ones of accuracy were less offended. It’s a NY train; was his summation really that far off the mark?

        1. So he’s a close-minded bigot – it’s not “PC” to mock him for that.

    1. Very funny.

    2. You’re as delusional as the #BernVictims.

      1. Ok, then, don’t smile. What’s it to me?

        1. We’ll be more than smiling when Trump gets gutted in an election.

          1. Does frowning count as “more than” smiling? Someone awful will still be elected.

  2. The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners.

    “New York… more like Jew York.” – Kenny Powers.

    1. So he’s endorsing Jesse Jackson?

      1. +1 Hymie Town

      2. Hymie town…hymens…old man with candy…sounds like Illuminati to me.

  3. “looking like you’re [riding through] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS”

    If there’s one thing Beirut is known for it’s the neon dye jobs and homosexuals.


  5. Notorious former Atlanta Braves closer admires The Donald’s “sack”


    1. “admires The Donald’s “sack””

      Knew it. Rocker’s homophobic statements were just cover for his own dirty, dirty gay thoughts.

      1. Trump is too well-known a germophobe to have AIDS, Irish.

  6. The real question is what led someone at the Daily Caller to say “hey, let’s get John Rocker on the phone”

    1. It’s like a journalistic phone prank for 2016!
      “Who is the craziest person we can get to say they are big supporters of Trump?”
      Just start going through the last few years of crazy, mouthy newsmakers and start calling them.

      1. Or that, and they got all the way to the “R’s” before they could find someone willing to go on record supporting Trump.

    2. Most likely they were trying to think of the most obnoxious, stereotypical racist white southerner who they could get on record endorsing Trump and someone there actually (for some reason) remembered who John Rocker was.

      1. I wonder what Joe the Plumber is up to these days.

  7. Also, for those who don’t know, talking about the 7 means he was talking about the Mets. Proceed to laugh appropriately.

    1. I laffed at the notion that Mets players are taking the subway to get to the ballpark when in fact people like him (and Trump) can spend decades in the city without actually encountering any riff-raff.

      1. There’s also that, of course, though admittedly Rocker seems like one of the riff-raff to me. (Today is the first time I’m hearing of him.)

        1. either really young, or doesn’t give a damn about baseball.

          1. The latter.

        2. admittedly Rocker seems like one of the riff-raff to me

          OK, riff-raff with money… like every millionaire soccer player in Europe who chooses to look like they crawled out of a gutter somewhere but in fact are more likely to be in the news for wrapping their Maserati around a tree.

    2. Who are these Mets you refer to?

      1. So Epi are you saying you’re a Yankees fan? Because if so, then all those times I compared you to Hitler I was apparently being unfair to Hitler.

        1. I have been. Currently I’m a Mariners fan. God I’m pathetic.

          1. Not only are you a Mariners fan, you’re kind of the Kenny Powers of Hit & Run.

            1. Well, I do feel it in my plums.

          2. At least you admit that Seattle is a bandwagon you’re currently aboard.

      2. They belong to that other league, where they make the pitchers bat. Fuckin’ savages.

    3. Fuck the Mets

  8. Trump’s list of celebrity endorsers is far more interesting than any other candidate… possibly ever.

    1. + 1 David Hasselhoff

      1. If Michael Knight is endorsing Trump, then I’m sold. Now all he needs is Gary Coleman.

  9. Also, comparing Kenny Powers to John Rocker is a enormous complement to John Rocker. He’s suddenly far more interesting, complex, and sexually appealing than i ever imagined possible.

  10. So today Trump has received coveted endorsements from John Rocker and Jerry Falwell Jr. Next comes zombie George Lincoln Rockwell, I think.

    1. Has David Duke already named his man? How about John Bobbit, or Bernie Madoff?

      1. David Duke has some issues with Trump.

        “I certainly don’t support the idea of America supporting the nation of Israel, which has committed terrorism against the United States of America, with the Lavon affair and the attack on the Liberty and the incredible treachery and the damage that was done by Israel with its spy Jonathan Pollard, who basically caused the death of hundreds of our operatives. I think, and I see this Jewish extremist, this basically Zionist, minority having enormous influence.”

        1. That article was only slightly more insightful than this Buzzfed article titled “HEY DID YOU KNOW THAT PEOPLE GROW OLD?!?!?

          1. Young Ian McKellen looks too much like Adam Driver for my comfort.

          2. What in fuck was going on with young Ricky Gervais?

            1. Although the band was not successful, their single “More to Lose” went on to become a teen anthem in the Philippines.

              OK then.

        2. that will just kill the Klan-vote.

      2. Trump’s fans would hate a Madoff endorsement. Not because of his crimes, but because he’s Jewish.

        Duke and Bobbit are probably the next ones to endorse Trump, you’re right.

        1. Hehe, see above.

  11. To be fair, racist baseball players from Georgia is kind of a tradition in the sport, like playing “Sweet Caroline” during the 7th-Inning-Stretch at Fenway or mouth cancer.

    1. Sweet Caroline is played in the 8th inning.

      It’s also the victory song for your Super Bowl 50 champion Carolina Panthers.

      1. You’re right.

        Another reason to hate the Red Sox.

        1. You don’t need reasons to hate the Red Sox.

      2. It’s also the victory song for your Super Bowl 50 champion Carolina Panthers.

        Because they don’t know the difference between Caroline and Carolina, I guess.

        1. Also, they’re not Super Bowl 50 champions.

          1. They will be! Or my wife will be sad. You don’t want my wife to be sad, do you? She’s the rare bird known as a libertarian woman!

            1. There are no libertarian women!

          2. Not yet.

    2. Don’t want mouth cancer? Don’t skullfuck cancer without a condom.

      1. I don’t know if you can call cunnilingus on an unknowing HPV carrier “skullfucking cancer”.

  12. “I’m not trying to be the best at exercise – I play real sports.”

    1. Your participation ribbons are showing.

    2. “Her son? You came out of her vagina? I was all up in that shit last night!”

  13. I got about halfway through that video. I presume it ends with the Vice-interviewer crying in a hotel room after having slept with Rocker, finding a note that says, “U GOT ROCKED – JR”

  14. Joe Arpaio, sheriff
    Stephen Baldwin, actor
    Dan Bilzerian, professional poker player
    Conrad Black, Canadian newspaper publisher
    Juanita Broaddrick, accused Bill Clinton of rape
    Gary Busey, actor
    Olavo de Carvalho, Brazilian philosopher
    Ann Coulter,
    Adam Curry, former MTV VJ
    Robert Davi, actor, singer, god
    Mike Ditka, god
    Lou Ferrigno, actor and bodybuilder
    Jim Gilchrist, leader and co-founder of the Minuteman Project
    Hulk Hogan, professional wrestler, demi-god
    Jesse James, CEO of Austin Speed Shop
    William Daniel Johnson, American Freedom Party
    Bob Knight, Hall of Fame basketball coach
    Matt Light, retired NFL offensive tackle
    Loretta Lynn, country music singer-songwriter
    Gavin McInnes, weirdo
    Wayne Newton, entertainer, lover
    Ted Nugent, musician,
    Terrell Owens, retired NFL wide receiver
    John Rocker, ex-baseball player
    Dennis Rodman, space-traveler
    Wayne Allyn Root, businessman
    Michael Savage, radio host
    Phyllis Schlafly, constitutional lawyer
    Jared Taylor, editor American Renaissance
    Tila Tequila, hot chipmunk
    Sergey ‘Pauk’ Troitsky, leader of Russian thrash metal band
    Ivana Trump, ex-wife
    Mike Tyson, fuck you
    Herschel Walker, retired NFL running back
    Chris Weidman, former UFC middleweight champ

    1. “Trump Endorsees”

    2. Wasn’t Wayne Allyn Root Bob Barr’s VP running mate in ’08 for the LP?

      Man, those were dark times for the LP.

      1. Was it any better in 2004 when a truther was the LP candidate?

    3. Is this list real? I wouldn’t have guessed Ditka or Herschel Walker. Maybe I should rethink my stance on Trump….

      Man, and Coach Knight?

      Man, for the first time I’m actually thinking Trump might win.

      And can you imagine Bob Knight as Secretary of State?

      1. Next you’ll be suggesting pro-wrestling is fake, or that Gary Busey can’t act

        1. Gary Busey can act, he’s just nuts. If Busey were a chick, he’d be super hot.


            really, you need to check this out

            1. I am disappoint. I thought it would actually be Busey.

              1. Busey *doesn’t act*’

                Busey Buseys

      2. “can you imagine Bob Knight as Secretary of State?”

        (cut to chair being thrown at Kofi Annan)

    4. Wow, I didn’t know Mike Tyson was on board the Trumpwagon. Maybe he forgot he’s a Muslim.

      1. He’s not that kind of Muslim.

    5. GRAPH = Scatterplot Showing “Trump Endorsers” against “Likelihood of Suffering Major Brain Trauma and/or Severe Aneurysm “

    6. So basically, everyone who’s ever turned a buck playing a cad except Richard Sherman.

  15. Breaking: Abe Vigoda has died.

      1. Oh Tessio, what shall we do without you

      1. The site owner must have gotten twitter-bombed or something, it’s been updated since I posted the link.


      1. It’s her nature.

    2. But is he endorsing the Donald?

    3. But Lou Reed’s still with us, right?

    4. As long as David Bowie and Lou Reed are still alive, it’s all good…

    5. Well, that’s it for me.

      *jumps out window*

  16. As a Mets fan, let me say once again: Fuck John Rocker. Fuck him right in the ear with a Piazza line drive.

    BTW, reasonoids, what is the email for tips and such? Because I have a doozy.


    The thing is, I think Feministing believes the headline should convince you of how bad it is.

    Here’s the problem. In terms of rapes per 100,000 (get the match up isn’t 1 to 1, but it shouldn’t be this off), it is COMPLETELY UNBELIEVABLE.

    Like, look at the rate of rapes pers 100,000 people in the US:…..rape-list/

    The leader is Alaska, with 80 reported rapes per 100k. Even if there is only a 10% reporting rate with rape, my math says that still only means 150-ish rapes per 100k (and engineers of reason, be nice to the humanities type).

    So, basically, it would have been safer to be ANYWHERE in Alaska that wasn’t THIS college campus.

    Seriously, extrapolate that: it’s a sexual assault rate of 50,000 out of 100,000. Now, I do get broad definitions and shit- unwanted kisses or an uncomfortable grope- but that means that that college is more dangerous than freaking Tahrir Square for women.

    1. 80/.1 = 80?10 = 800

      and engineers of reason, be nice to the humanities type

      if you insist…

      1. Ah, for some reason I thought of it as percentages and did 80×1.9

        Like I said, not a math person (which I do get around these parts is basically on par with shitting in the Pope’s mouth but whatever) and it was on the fly, although now that I look at it, duh-doy.

        Still, the point remains.

        800 out of 100k rapes =/= 50k out of 100k rapes

        (Okay, it wouldn’t be quite 50k, as rape and sexual assault are separate categories, but the numbers just don’t run)

        1. Yeah, your point is solid. I usually correct math errors where I see them; if it affects the point then I will offer additional commentary.

          1. Hell, thinking about, another good point: I can’t think of a single college campus in the country where the student population exceeds 100k.

            Yup, there isn’t a single physical campus in the US that is that big

            So the rate of sexual assault isn’t 50k per 100k- it’s VASTLY higher than that, depending on the size of the school.

            1. if there are 10,000 people at the school and half of them are being raped, that is 50k per 100k regardless of the fact that there are not even 100k people at the school.

              However, quoting the rate per 100k is disingenuous if there aren’t 100k people, even if it’s not incorrect per se.

              1. Yeah, thanks, I thought about that a second after I posted it. I’m having a fucking retarded math day it appears.

                I have now realized what it does indicate math wise- your likelihood of being raped on that campus as compared to general society is insane. Because, in general society, it’s 800 out of 100k… here, it’s 5k out of 10k. The disparity is ridiculous.

                I mean, the per 100k is because that’s how the feds do it.

                1. Yeah man, I’m saying this in the nicest way possible, but just stay away from numbers for the rest of the day.

                2. And by this I mean personal likelihood, not even as a comparison of % rates.

                  The only place I can think of where it is THAT common for people to have been victims of sexual assault- are victim support groups and the mental health field, both self selecting populations. So where the fuck are these girls going, Rape U?

            2. No, the size of the population doesn’t affect the rate if the rate is the same across populations.

              1. Lynchpin, it’s funny. I smelled burning toast this morning, but I could swear I didn’t put anything IN the toaster…

              2. When I was in school, the rate of sexual assault was 100k per 100k.

                (Homeschooled. I tried telling myself I didn’t like being touched in that way, but I wouldn’t take “No” for an answer. “Your lips say ‘No’, but your eyes say ‘Yes’ ” I’d say. And, God help me, I’d fall for my lies and my sweet-talking every time.)

    2. If the reporting rate is only 1 in 10, then the true incidence is 10 times higher. So 800, not 150.

      1. Yeah, I fucked myself up.

        I thought: Reporting rate of 10%… so multiply base number x 1. 90 (to make up the other percentage? I did rally minimal thought on this for some reason).

        I think it all stemmed from the %. If you say, “It’s one-tenth” I go “Oh, of course- multiply by ten.” You use percentages and I try to get too clever by half.

        1. Percentages: easy to compare, hard to use

          1. It’s weird. As a kid whenever I did math for school, I perferred percentages and decimals, because I had paper in front of me and could scratch it out.

            As an adult, with more mental math, I am finding fractions to be more helpful; same with ratios.

            Honestly, what killed me with math is that I did pre-algebra in 6th grade, but didn’t do it well enough so had to repeat in 7th, the only class I ever had to repeat. I was going to a private school at the time, and I was fine. But for 8th grade, I was transferred back to public school, and even though I had mastered the subject, I was put back into Pre-Algebra. Seriously, the teacher apologized that I had been put in her class on multiple occasions because it was clear I knew the material- but it was too late in the year by the time she realized it to move me. I basically spent 8th grade being a teacher’s aide in pre-algebra, not learning anything.
            Mathematically, I ossified for 3 years, at some pretty solid ages for building math knowledge.

            Yay public schools!

    3. At 1 in 2, I think it might be safer to be in a slum in Johannesburg than at that campus.

      1. The only way your odds could get any worse is if the Mongols were laying siege to your city.

    4. Despite this mountain of evidence, people are still hung up on whether “1/4 of students are assaulted” means they were all raped or ya know, just sexually violated in some other way since other forms of assault are presumably just something we should shrug off.

      I’m not sure what they are including under “sexual assault”, but I’m guessing that they include a lot of things that, yes, you really should just shrug off. Yeah, you could bring charges against the dude who groped your butt at a party, but is that really going to do any good for anyone?

    5. I’m guessing the keyword here is “sexually assaulted”, not “raped”. Meaning as someone male went by her at the bar, he touched her elbow as he passed by.

  17. I saw Rockers return from his suspension. He was mercilessly booed as he sprinted to the mound at Three Rivers Stadium. The boos turned to cheers as he threw 8 constitutive balls. The boos returned as he then left the field after being yanked.

    1. Oh, man! Three Rivers! I used to take the ferry with my grandfather to watch Andy van Slyke! This is great, all these awesome memories.

      1. Your reply validates me. Thank you.

    2. Rocker was always unhittable. Sometimes for one reason, sometimes for another.

  18. Oh, man, I totally forgot about John Rocker!!

    Oh, Nostalgia. I eagerly away Stone Cold’s endorsement.

    1. As noted above, Trump has the lockdown on WWE and former NFL endorsements

      or should i say, “Headlock”

      1. This is going to be a fun election cycle. Really bad for my liver, but the consequences of that are too far down the road to care.

  19. I wish someone, excuse the frankness here, would have the sack…


    I-I-I w-w-w-w-ish someone, excu-u-u-se the frankness here, would have the s-s-s-s-ack…

  20. I did not realize John Rocker was still alive.

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