A former Major League Baseball player slammed a sports journalist who accused him of advocating the murder of his “fellow citizens.”
Aubrey Huff faced backlash last week after posting a tweet in which he revealed he was teaching his sons how to use guns.
Careful @jemelehill. Theres nothing in my tweet that speaks of murder. You’ve already been “fired” by @espn for slandering @realDonaldTrump & vomiting your toxic racial, and political rhetoric. If you’re not careful you’ll end up with no job like @Kaepernick7. @TheAtlantic https://t.co/ZHb441W3el
— AUBREY HUFF (@aubrey_huff) December 4, 2019
“Getting my boys trained up on how to use a gun in the unlikely event @BernieSanders beats @realDonaldTrump in 2020. In which case knowing how to effectively use a gun under socialism will be a must,” Huff tweeted.
Proponents of gun control, including high-profile liberal journalists and celebrities, criticized Huff, accusing him of encouraging violence against political opponents.
“To be silent about a former MLB player posting a threat of political violence is to normalize it. It is not normal. It is unacceptable,” tweeted ESPN journalist Kenny Mayne in response to Huff’s tweet.
Actress Kathy Griffin called Huff a “dumb f**k.”
“This guy, @aubrey_huff apparently feels that using a gun in the event he does not like a President is ok,” tweeted Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was murdered in the Parkland mass shooting.
Jemele Hill, a staff writer for The Atlantic who formerly covered sports for ESPN, also weighed in.
Hill, known for her progressive perspective on issues of race and gender, minced no words in her criticism of the former San Francisco Giants first baseman.
“Cool. Murdering your fellow citizens. Way to raise em up!” she tweeted.
Huff fired back on Wednesday by denying he’d encouraged murder and referencing Hill’s fellow advocate of “woke” ideology, Colin Kaepernick.
“You’ve already been ‘fired’ by @espn for slandering @realDonaldTrump & vomiting your toxic racial, and political rhetoric. If you’re not careful you’ll end up with no job like @Kaepernick7,” he said, referencing Kaepernick’s troubles finding a quarterback job in the National Football League.
Hill faced widespread backlash in Sept. 2017 after calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” on Twitter.
The next month, Hill’s political activism got her in trouble again when she apparently called for a boycott of the NFL.
ESPN suspended her in response. By Sept. 2018, Hill had left the company, to the seeming relief of her former employer.
“Looking at it from their viewpoint, of course, it would be easier not having me around,” Hill said in a 2018 interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t even take it personally. But the truth of the matter is that part of the reason they have been swimming endlessly in this narrative that they’re too political is because of me.
She was scooped up by The Atlantic, where she’s continued covering issues of sports from a race-conscious perspective, in Oct. 2018.
Huff, meanwhile, told the Washington Examiner in an interview published Monday that his Twitter following has more than doubled since mid-November.
“Gained 17,000 followers on @Twitter since my gun range post last week. And the DM’s were flooded with support. Just goes to show me that this country loves the 1st & 2nd amendments,” Hill said in a tweet posted on Monday.