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Retired controversial baseball player John Rocker to compete on ‘Survivor’

Former Major League Baseball pitcher John Rocker arrives at the after party for a screening of CBS Films' 'Last Vegas' at Haze Nightclub at the Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter on October 18, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The movie opens nationwide in the
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The contestants that will be competing on the next season of “Survivor: San Juan del Sur – Blood vs. Water” have been revealed and one of them is controversial former baseball relief pitcher John Rocker. According to Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday, Rocker will be playing along with his girlfriend, spray-tan business owner Julie McGee.

This season, like the previous “Blood vs. Water” season, will have pairs instead of single players competing for the million dollars. As if the show wasn’t interesting enough, bringing in a personality like Rocker should only make things more interesting as the former Atlanta Braves pitcher became known for his inability to control his mouth towards the end of his career.

Rocker became labeled as a bigot during his time with the Braves after he made hateful and racist remarks in a 1999 interview with “Sports Illustrated.” There was almost no minority group was left unoffended in the interview. He aimed racist and bigoted remarks at all foreigners, an African-American teammate, gay people, people with dyed hair, people with AIDS, young mothers, and people who don’t speak English.

Needless to say, Rocker’s professional baseball career took a dive after that. He was not able to regain his success as a pitcher and eventually disappeared from the game after playing for four other teams. Despite his reputation, Rocker doesn’t think the other contestants will hold the article against him.

He told EW, “I see these folks that I’m getting ready to play this game with as very similar to the 13 years of professional baseball that I played, and the teammates that I played with. Some of my biggest supporters after that SI debacle were my current and past teammates.” The only difference is, those teammates won’t be stuck on an island with him. “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” will premiere at 8 p.m. on September 24 with a special 90-minute season opener.

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