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Beckham apologizes for gay 'joke'

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CHICAGO (AP)

Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham has apologized for jokingly writing a message in the dirt calling friend and former teammate Chris Getz gay.

The message he left near second base in Monday's game against Kansas City read: "GETZ IS GAY! GB." Some fans sitting in the upper deck at U.S. Cellular Field noticed the writing. The message was first reported Saturday by the Chicago Sun-Times. Getz, also a second baseman, was traded along with Josh Fields from the White Sox to the Royals in November 2009. The White Sox got Mark Teahen in the deal.

"Obviously I apologize and kind of want to move on," Beckham told reporters before the White Sox played the Twins on Saturday. "Obviously it was meant as a joke, but obviously it was in the wrong place and I didn't mean it that way. I will just try to move on.

"It's one of those things that was unfortunate that happened, and I want to try to move on from it."

Beckham was the White Sox's first-round pick out of the University in Georgia in 2008 and played only 59 games in the minors before being promoted to the majors in 2009.

Tagged: White Sox, Royals, Chris Getz, Gordon Beckham

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