Former MLB nice Torii Hunter recalled Thursday the scary run-in he had with California police at his dwelling whereas he was taking part in for the Los Angeles Angels in 2012.
Hunter informed The Athletic, in a dialog about race in the wake of the police-involved loss of life of George Floyd, Newport Coast police broke into his dwelling and one officer put a gun to his back; he then asked him for tickets to a ballgame.
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“I got that wake-up call quick. I went into my place, the alarm went off for a second and I cut it off. Maybe an hour later, I see cops at my door. I open my door and say, ‘Is everything OK?’ And they said, ‘Freeze!’ With the guns out. You know you’re coming to Torii Hunter’s house. You already know that!” Hunter informed the outlet.
“The young guy had his gun down, but the older guy had his gun, and a vein popped out of his neck. I’m on one leg. He said, ‘Sit the f— down!’ I said, ‘Hey man, this is my house, calm down.’ And the young guy is looking at me like, ‘I think I know this guy.’ The other guy still had the gun. And he says, ‘Is anybody else in the house?’ I said, ‘No one else is in the house. This is my house.’ I didn’t say nothing about baseball. And he walked me into the house with the gun in my back, to go upstairs to get my license. And when I showed him my license, the younger guy said, ‘I knew that was you.’ And the guy said, ‘Who is he?’ And he said, ‘He plays with the Angels.’ Then this guy who had the gun on me says, ‘Oh, I’m an Angels fan. Can you leave me tickets?’”
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Hunter stated he went public in regards to the story in 2012. He informed The Athletic that he didn’t desire a “big scene” about it and the Angels informed him to not “make a big scene” as nicely.
“But it should have been a big scene! I didn’t have no video. Everything is on video now. If I would have gotten shot, they would have come up with something and said I was agitating, angry. They can say anything, and guess what? I would have been dead. Because you thought I didn’t live there. Your mind went straight to criminal,” Hunter stated.
The previous outfielder stated in 2012 he had by chance triggered his dwelling alarm and a dispatcher referred to as his spouse, who was in Texas throughout the incident, and she or he didn’t reply, in keeping with ESPN.
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Hunter additionally stated on the time he wasn’t “upset.”
“I’m not upset that the cops did their job today. I’m actually glad they were protecting home.”