Police Draw Guns On African-American Baseball Player Outside His Home

Torii Hunter, an All-Star centerfielder for Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels, had an awkward run-in with local police officers outside his Newport, California home Wednesday night after his home security system malfunctioned. Twenty minutes after the alarm went off, Hunter saw police outside his house and walked outside, only to see police draw their weapons and ask him for his ID because “they didn’t believe” he lived there, Hunter tweeted:

Angels pitcher CJ Wilson responded to Hunter’s original account, saying, “That’s racist.” Hunter responded, “lol… Now u know I can’t say that,” but the posts drew a litany of responses from Twitter users speculating that his race was a factor. About an hour later, Hunter returned to Twitter to stress that he wasn’t upset with how police handled the situation.


“Hey Twitterland! I’m not upset that the cops did their job today. I’m actually glad they were protecting home,” Hunter posted. “The cops that were here today had there guns drawn but pointed downward in for safety. Those guys handled the situation like trained cops.” He returned again even later to clarify his account of the events again, saying, “Gunpoint might have been a little extreme. Just guns drawn pointing down.”

Hunter is a winner of the Branch Rickey Award for service and a two-time finalist for the Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes players for community involvement and sportsmanship.