John Rocker won't get any support from Derek Jeter. In fact, the New York Yankees' shortstop says he has nothing to say to him.
"I wouldn't sit in the same room with him," Jeter told the New York Post. "I wouldn't sit with someone who's a racist. He says he's not a racist, but he makes racist comments."
Jeter is the latest to condemn Rocker's comments published in Sports Illustrated last month. The Atlanta Braves closer told the magazine he would never play for a New York team because he didn't want to ride a train "next to some queer with AIDS." He also said, "I'm not a very big fan of foreigners. . . . How the hell did they get in this country?"
"It was ridiculous," said Jeter, whose father is black and mother is Irish. "That's the good thing about New York . . . the fact that there are people of different races and nationalities and religions.
"I guess we were just brought up differently."
Rocker has since apologized and said he was not a racist.
Two good players agreed contracts with New York teams Tuesday. Pitcher Andy Pettitte and the Yankees agreed to a $25.5 million, three-year contract and shortstop Rey Ordonez and the Mets came to terms on a $19 million, four-year deal.
"I found out what free agency was when I left Cuba," said Ordonez, who defected in 1993 during the World University Games in Western New York. "I can't ask for too much. I came with nothing and now I have everything I've ever dreamed of."