Beckham apologizes for gay ‘joke’
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
“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.