In ESPN feature, Luke Scott stands by his Obama comments

April 21, 2011|By Matt Vensel

Orioles left fielder Luke Scott is the subject of an ESPN profile that hit the internet this afternoon, and it's sure to be one that gets Orioles fans talking. Among the things discussed were Scott's love of guns, his unique relationship with teammate Felix Pie and his offseason comments about President Barack Obama.

You remember Scott's comments about Obama, especially the one where he said that it was his belief that Obama wasn't born in the United States, right? The Orioles distanced themselves from their outspoken slugger after he was criticized heavily on the internet for his stance. But Scott stands by his comments.

"I felt tremendous about what I said, and I was proud of it," Scott told ESPN's Amy K. Nelson, who spent time with Scott during spring training. "If I could rewind and turn back the clock and go do it again, I'd say the exact same thing. I'd go home and put my head on the pillow and feel wonderful about myself. But certain things were taken and twisted."

Scott also spoke about his friendship with Pie, whom Scott referred to as an "animal" and a "savage."

"Felix is my friend," he says. "I give him a hard time. The reason why I give him a hard time is because there are certain people you deal with and you go up and talk to them, and it doesn't work. They don't understand. ... I tell him about some of the ways he's acted: 'Look, you're acting like an animal, you're acting like a savage.'"

He also explained why he throws banana chips into the helmet of his Dominican teammate.

"Here are my banana chips to remind him that whenever he acts like an animal, 'Hey, that's what other people are thinking. They're just not telling you, but that's what they're thinking about. And I'm telling you so that you're aware of that so you can make a cognitive decision to not behave like that.'"

So is Scott a racist? Adam Jones doesn't think so.

"Trust me, if I see racism, I'll say some s---. Quickly," Jones told Nelson.

Whether Scott is a racist or not, he was summed up well by new Orioles teammate Mark Reynolds.

"He's a patriot. He loves America," Reynolds said. "He's one-of-a-kind."

Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

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